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Winter 2000-01 


A News Magazine Published by Governor Dummer Academy 

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Published > 


John M. Doggett, Jr. P'04 


Class Notes Editor 

Sandra M. Keyes 

Janet Fuchs 
David Oxton P'03 


Kristen C. Grubbs 


Elisabeth L. Campbell 
Cait Mcintosh '01 
Joe Rubino 

Graphic Design 

Elisabeth L. Campbell 

Director of Development 

Patricia Tobin Peterman P'03 
Associate Director of Development 
Michael A. Moonves 
Director of Annual Giving 

Michelle M. Kunz 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Daniel M. Morgan '67, P'97'02, President 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62, P'95, Co-Vice President 

Gerry Mack P'87'91'93, Co-Vice President 

James L. Rudolph '68, Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L.Alfond '67 

Christopher C Beebe '55 


Clifford J. Gillespie 

Judith Gore P'95'97 

Richard M. Kelleher P'99'01 

Josiah K, Lilly IV '69 

Kathleen Livermore '79 

Joshua L. Miner IV '69, P'96'98 

Reynolds E. Moulton.Jr. '56 

Brian H. Noyes '76 

William F. O'Leary '73 

Carrie W. Penner '88 

Michael R. Porter P'96'99'01 

Haskell Rhett '54 

George S. Scharfe P'95'00 

C.Thomas Tenney, Jr. '69 

Josiah H.Welch '47, P'80'83 

Alumni/ae Trustees 

Kara Moheban McLoy '88 

Steven G. Shapiro '74 

Bruce C.Turner '83 

Ex Officio 

James C. Deveneyjr. '60 

President, Alumni/ae Council 

Alumni/ae Council 

James C Deveneyjr. '60, President 

Catherine Burgess '91, Vice President 

Joshua Lappin '92, Secretary /Treasurer 

R.Jeffrey Bailly '80 

Deana Giamette Boyages '88 

Elizabeth Tuthill Farrell '84 

Peter W Franklin '72 

Anthony P. Fusco '85 

Joseph E. MacLeod '56 

Daniel Nadeau '89 

Susan F Pattison '77 

Robert Snyder '62 

Robert Studley '86 

Marc K.Tucker '68, P'01 

William Whiting '59 

Howard J. Navins '31 (Founder/Life Member) 

John P. English '28 (Life Member) 

Putnam P. Flint '37, GP'99 (Life Member) 

Ex-Officio Members 

Peter T Butler, '62, Past President 

Karen A. Schulte '83, Past President 

Arthur H.Veasey III '68, Past President 

John S. Mercer '64, Past President 

Peter M. Sherin '59, Past President 

Carrie W Penner '88, Development Committee Chair 

TheArchon is published three times a 
year by Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, 
Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: (978) 465-1763. 
Letters are welcome from alumni, alumnae, parents, and 
friends of the Academy and are subject to editing for 
reasons of space availability. 

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14 Summer Adventures: 
Teachers Paul Warm and 
Jeff Kelly '85 Tell Tales 

16 International Enrichment: 

Students and Teachers Explore the 
World Beyond GDA 

21 From Robotics to Rock Star: 
by J. Douglas Guy 

Follow the career paths of Henry Long '84, 
Darrah Simla Bryan '82, Burke Leavitt '84, 
Stefan Marculewicz '84 and Alexandra 
Marculewicz '86 

(insert) To CARRY ON 

GDA Launches Largest Capital 
Campaign in School's History 


letters to the editor 

headmaster's message 

on campus 

24 class notes 


in memoriam 

on th e cover 

The GDA Griffon 

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1 e t t 

e r s 

Dinesh D'Souza 

May 29, 2000 

Having just read the D'Souza piece in 
The Archon (Spring 2000), I would like to 
make a comment. 

I can only assume that it is your and the 
Archon s goal to be objective and unbiased in 
your reporting of events at GDA, and that is 
why I make the following observation and 

In the table of contents, Mr. D'Souza is 
referred to as "conservative author."This places 
him (in the reader's mind) at a certain point in 
the political spectrum. As for the response 
pieces presented by Paul Warm and by Natalia 
Averett, there is no reference made to their 
political bent. I would classify these respon- 
dents as liberals, and to be fair and unbiased, or 
at least balanced, I believe The Archon should 
have termed them as such. Or, it should have 
left the "conservative" label out of the table of 
contents when referring to D'Souza. 

A second point, and question is: Was Paul 
Wann appointed by the faculty to be its 
spokesperson, and was Ms. Averett, likewise, 
appointed by the entire student body to speak 
for it? The headings used on p. 17 would lead 
one to believe so. If this is not true, better 
headings would probably have been: "a faculty 
member's response" and "a student's response." 

Wayne Mutchler '70 
Peterborough, NH 

Summer Archon 

September 29, 2000 

Up until two days ago, I had always 
looked forward to receiving the latest copy 
of The Archon. I can only hope that the 
Summer 2000 issue is not indicative of 
what the remaining issues will look like 
during the ensuing school year. 

Up to this point, The Archon stood out 
amongst secondary school publications as t 
o format, layout, and most important, cer- 
tainly to the ever growing and aging alum- 
ni, had a type style and size that •was easily 

This latest effort is a poor joke. I hope 
it "will not be repeated. Surely this issue cost 
less than any one of the 1999-2000 year 
editions. If this was done as a cost-saving 
measure, I'm sure you succeeded in saving a 
bundle, but why? Has the budget for Tlie 
Archon been slashed? If so, someone has 
sadly misjudged how important a vehicle 
this fine publication is in enhancing GDA's 
image not only as a tool to encourage more 
alumni to support the school's financial 
aims, but to reach those who might seek 
admittance and want to learn more. 

I look forward to your comments of 
assurance regarding the quality level I may 
expect to see in future copies of The Archon. 

Kimball M. Page '49 
Orr's Island, ME 

editor's note 

The digital age is upon us. While some 
formerly print journals are moving towards 
total on-line publication, I will argue that 
there is still something valid and important 
to having a magazine that you can hold in 
your hands and leave on your coffee table for 
all to admire. For we hope, of course, that this 
is how you all treat your beloved Archons! 
But to make use of technology as I believe it 
is meant, to be a resource in facilitating — not 
replacing — communication, we inaugurate 
in this issue the on-line Archon. 

As you read through this issue, you may 
note at the end of certain articles the on-line 
Archon icon. This is a signal to you: we want 

2 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

to know what you are thinking! This is the 
easiest way of all to write an editorial. If you 
visit the alumni/ae section of GDA's site, you 
will find the Archon page at http://www We will 
let you know what upcoming topics are in 
the magazine, and we will be able to respond 
quickly to any feedback you have. In the 
never-ending quest to make the Archon be 
what you, the GDA grads, want it to be, we 
hope this new vehicle of communicating 
with us will be heavily used! 

And while you're on the site, check out 
the alumni/ae email directory, read the latest 
news from Moon, send in a class note, regis- 

October 10 

Editor's reply: 

The main goal in changing the look of this 
summer's Archon was to establish a format that 
allowed for getting the news out about Reunion 
and Commencement in a more timely manner. 
(In the past, it has been November or later before 
news about the spring's events made its way to 
alums.) From feedback from alumni, we recog- 
nized that these two events are some of the most 
newsworthy items — ones they want to know 
about sooner than later. With this new "newslet- 
ter format", we were able and will be able to pro- 
duce the magazine much more quickly, and also 
will be able to include many more photographs 
than in the past. 

This decision does not, as you noted, detract 
from the quality and substance of the remaining 
issues of The Archon, which will continue to be 
produced in the same format and style of old — 
class notes, features, and all. I do apologize for the 
too-tiny font size of some of the articles in the 
past issue. We will do our best to keep this in 
mind in future issues! 

October 15 

Thank you for your prompt and consid- 
ered reply to my letter of September 29. I 
congratulate you and believe your goal in get- 
ting the up-to-the-minute Commencement 
and Reunion news of interest to those most 
closely concerned in a timely manner, was 
neatly met in the format used. 

I am delighted to learn that The Archon 
will continue to be produced in the same 
format and style as in the past (I guess I'm 
becoming adverse to the term old!). 

Kimball Page '49 

ter for Reunion, and even check out our 
secure on-line annual giving! Mostly, let us 
know what you think. 

Best to you all, and happy new millennium! 

— Kristen Grubbs, editor 

headmaster's message 

"For a school to meet effectively the educational 
needs of the current generation of students, it 
must be innovative and dynamic... 
Our school — your school — is doing just this. ' 

Recently, I finished reading Tlie Lexus 
and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman, 
Pulitzer Prize winner and chief foreign 
affairs correspondent for the NewYork Times. The 
book provides an intriguing perspective on the 
post-Cold War international system. 

The Lexus and the olive tree are 
Friedman's metaphors for the two competing 
trends that characterize contemporary times. 
The Lexus symbolizes the age-old drive towards 
improvement, prosperity and modernization. 
Much of the world is intent on building a bet- 
ter Lexus. This endeavor relies on the integration 
of high technology, computers, sophisticated 
databases and global markets. 

The olive tree represents that which roots 
us, locates us and identifies us, whether it is 
belonging to a family, a community, a tribe, a 
nation or a religion. People fight to protect their 
olive trees because they provide us with a sense of 
connection. One must be rooted in something. 

Friedman argues that the major challenge 
of globalization for countries and individuals is 
to find a healthy balance between preserving a 
sense of identity while adapting to what is nec- 
essary to succeed in the new era. 

I believe there is a parallel between 
Friedman's thesis and the state of Governor 
Dummer Academy in the year 2000. For a 
school to meet effectively the educational needs 
of the current generation of students, it must be 
innovative and dynamic. In the information age, 

it must teach students how to process, evaluate 
and ultimately employ the vast array of knowl- 
edge at their disposal.Young people need to have 
access to the latest in technological tools to help 
them navigate through this new terrain; they 
need to be nurtured in an educational environ- 
ment that makes learning fresh and relevant and 
not just an abstraction. 

Our school — your school — is doing just 
this. GDA's unique mastery curriculum is a 
research-oriented, inquiry-based approach to 
learning. It is one that de-emphasizes the teacher 
as an information-dispensing authority in favor of 
empowering learners. Students are given the 
challenge to take responsibility for their own 
learning. They do so in state-of-the-art facilities 
using the latest search engines, spread sheets, web- 
sites and graphic calculations (see page 10). GDA 
employs teachers who aren't afraid to venture into 
uncharted waters, who are committed to explor- 
ing alternative ways to promote learning, and 
who are constantly asking what skills and habits 
of mind young people need to be successful. 

GDA is also a unique grove of olive trees. It 
is a place where adolescents forge an identity, dis- 
cover the joy of their own individuality, and 
become part of a tradition.They develop life-long 
friendships, unlock insights intc their character, 
experience the spirit of cooperation and the 
exhilarating satisfaction of being a member of a 
team, a cast, or an ensemble. In short they become 
part of something larger than themselves. 

Computers may help you think but they 
won't make you smart. You may be able to 
interact all over the globe via the Internet but 
it doesn't necessarily teach you to be a 
responsible citizen. 

The GDA experience fosters connected- 
ness to an institution, to venerable traditions and 
to other individuals. During their formative 
years, adolescents need a sense of belonging. True 
learning and growth occurs when students truly 
know their teachers; trust their teachers; know 
that their teachers love learning; know that their 
teachers will take them seriously; and know that 
they will offer counsel, reassurance and guidance 
about human dilemmasThese teachers are men- 
tors who, through the way they lead their lives, 
advance the core values of respect, integrity, 
opportunity, self-reliance and personal responsi- 
bility. There has been an unbroken line of great 
teachers who have served young people in this 
role at GDA for well over two centuries. 

When you can trust others in your sur- 
roundings, you can trust yourself; it's only there 
can you begin to discover yourself. Self-aware- 
ness is the first step towards becoming educated 
in the fullest sense. 

GDA is a school that honors its past but 
looks confidently to the future. GDA is a 
school in which the Lexus and the olive tree 
are in balance. 

i.L lA. i -~CC*''" \p 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 3 

on campus 

12 Students Named AP Scholars 

Twelve 2000 graduates of Governor Dummer Academy were named AP Scholars in 
recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement 
Examinations last spring. Approximately 23 percent of the United States' graduating 
seniors have taken one or more AP exam, and only 13 percent of these 700,000 students 
performed at a sufficiently high level to merit this recognition. 

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on the number of 
yearlong courses and exams. At Governor Dummer Academy: 

• Three students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an 
average grade of 3.5 or higher on all exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or 
more exams. These students are Natalia Averett of Brockton, MA; Genevieve Reynolds of 
Stockton Springs, ME; and Jason Salony of Gloucester, MA. 

• Two students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average 
grade of at least 3.25 on all exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of 
these exams. These students are Merrill Lamont of Saudi Arabia and Madeline Scheintaub 

• Seven students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP 
exams, with grades 3 or higher. These students are Willow Malick of Juneau, AK; Bijou 
Mgbojikwe of Shrewsbury, MA; Amelia O'Reilly of Gloucester, MA; Scott Pelletier of 
York, ME;Treacy Silverstein of Ipswich, MA; Elizabeth Tomasino of North Andover, MA; 
and Elizabeth Turnbull of Wenham, MA. 

Students Named 
to Cum Laude 

Seven GDA students were recently 
honored for their outstanding academic 
achievements with election into the 
Governor Dummer Academy chapter of 
the national Cum Laude Society. These stu- 
dents earned a minimum of a 3.3 weighted 
grade point average at the end of their 
junior year, and are found within the top 
ten percent of their class. 

Seniors Alyssa Chirlin of Newburyport; 
Sung Eun Choi of Manchester, NH; Bradley 
Kasnet of Exeter, NH; Timothy Lamson of 
Ipswich, MA; Caitlin Mcintosh of 
Winchester, MA; Maria Moore of Winfield, 
IL; and Emily Ouimette of Danvers, MA 
were all selected for this honor. 

Commended in 
National Merit 

Headmaster of Governor Dummer 
Academy Marty Doggett recendy announced 
that seniors Alyssa Chirlin of Newburyport, 
Timothy Lamson of Ipswich, Joseph Levitt 
of Newburyport, and Jeffrey Tompkins of 
Andover have been named Commended 
Students in the 2000 National Merit 
Scholarship Program. 

Some 34,000 Commended Students 
throughout the nation are recognized for 
their exceptional academic promise. 
Although they will not continue in the com- 
petition for Merit Scholarship awards to be 
offered next spring, Commended Students 
earned this honor by placing among the top 
five percent of more than one million stu- 
dents who took the 1999 preliminary SAT/ 
National Merit Qualifying Test. 

Teacher Elected 
to National 
Writing Board 

History teacher and Dean of Faculty 
William Quigley has recently been elected 
to the National Writing Board. One of 12 
high school teachers from across the 
nation, Quigley will contribute his skills 
and experience as history teacher to the 
Board. Founded by Will Fitzhugh, the 
National Writing Board is an offshoot of 
Tlte Concord Review, the only journal of its 
kind, publishing scholarly papers by high 
school students. The National Writing 
Board will read and rate serious academic 
papers by high school students of History 
and Literature against an international stan- 
dard twice a year. 

Five GDA students submitted their 
work to the National Writing Board last 
year, in its inaugural year. They were evalu- 
ated on a scale of 1 — 6, with a score of 6 
("superior" caliber) awarded to one in a 
hundred submissions. Alyssa Chirlin of 
Newburyport earned a 5; Kim Jones of 
Wenham earned a 4; Brad Kasnet of Exeter, 
NH earned a 4; John Shuster of South 
Dartmouth, MA earned a 4; and Andrea 
Tagliamonte of Byfield earned a 4. 

In the spring of 2000, GDA graduate 
Sarah Willeman '00, now at Stanford 
University, earned publication in The 
Concord Review and also received one of six 
Ralph Waldo Emerson prizes for work of 
outstanding academic promise done at the 
high school level. 

4 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

Keeping our 
Water Clean 

Last summer, the school invested more 
than one million dollars in an upgraded 
wastewater treatment plant. The only model 
of its kind in North America, it is a state-of- 
the-art facility that provides the most effi- 
cient and technically advanced system for 
wastewater treatment available today. 

As reported in the Newburyport Daily 
News on October 9, an environmentalist 
with the state has commended GDA on 
our efforts to improve our plant. Rich 
Tomczyk, Ipswich and Parker Rivers 
Watershed Team Leader for the Executive 
Office of Environmental Affairs' 
Massachusetts Watershed Initiative, said the 
school deserves credit for its persistence in 
improving standards. Brent Herring, pro- 
ject manager for the site from Woodward & 
Curran Engineering Operations, explains, 
"The new system has five times more treat- 
ment capabilities than the former system." 
The improvements made will ultimately 
enhance the water quality of the Parker 
River, a tributary of the Mill River, which 
flows through campus. 

Unity Days activities for the junior class included 

activities on GDA 's ropes course. Above, Heather 

Jameson puts her trust in her classmates as they 

pass her through the "Spider's Web. " Below, students 

take one step at a time in a teamwork excercise on 

large wooden platforms. 

Seniors Nate Effinger, Meg Lloyd and Courtney Craft enjoy 
their time at Brantwood Camp during fall orientation. 

GDA Chooses 

In a mock election this fall, GDA deci- 
sively picked Vice President Al Gore to head 
the country for the next four years. Gore 
won the election with 47 percent of the 
vote. Governor George W Bush finished 
second with 29 percent, with Green Party 
nominee Ralph Nader close behind with 21 
percent of the vote. According to the voting 
data, the key to Gore's victory was the 
female vote. Females elected Gore by a mar- 
gin of 63 percent to Bush's 18 percent and 
Nader's 17 percent. Among males, Bush won 
the vote with 38 percent, to Gore's 34 per- 
cent and Nader's 25 percent. Continuing a 
trend that began back in the 1980s, students 
proved to be more conservative than faculty, 
choosing Gore over Bush by only four per- 
cent (40 to 36 percent). Both Gore and 
Nader beat Bush in the faculty vote, with 
Gore earning 52 percent, Nader 23 percent, 
and Bush 21 percent. At the time of publi- 
cation, it remains to be seen if GDA will 
represent the country in the final vote! 

No Limits on Knowledge 

Every Monday and Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., the Northeast Massachusetts 
Library System delivery truck stops at the Carl A. Pescosolido Library with interlibrary 
loan materials for GDA students. GDA is one of two schools in Massachusetts to merit 
this service. Thus far this academic year, we have borrowed from other libraries more than 
170 items (books, videos, and CDs), and the regional library system has rewarded us with 
delivering the materials directly here. According to our librarians, this is an indication that 
our program is succeeding. The students are realizing that there need be no limitations in 
obtaining information in our state. 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 5 

on campus 

left: The GDA Allies 
serve up ghoulish treats 
at their annual 
Halloween bake sale. 

right: Parents gathered 
for Parents' Weekend 
on this picturesque 
October day, perfect for 
watching sports contests. 

Parents' Weekend 2000 

Faculty Accolades 

* Chair of GDA's Mathematics Depart- 
ment Michael Karin was recently honored with 
the prestigious appointment as an Advanced 
Placement Reader for Calculus AP exams. He 
spent seven days in Fort Collins, Colorado, at 
Colorado State University, last June, correcting 
the free response portions of the exams. The 
appointment will stand for six years. 

* Anne Connolly Potter, GDA's choral 
director and teacher, was selected by MENC: 
The National Association of Music Education, 
as one of the two best music educators in 
Massachusetts and 100 nation-wide. Teachers 
were selected in each state based on "special 
recognition for their teaching skills and their 
efforts to advance music as a key element in the 
education of young people." Ms. Connolly- 
Potter joined the fine aits department of GDA 

last year. Her other hats include charter music 
director and conductor for the Cape Ann 
Symphony Youth Chorus, and executive direc- 
tor of the Massachusetts Music Educators' 
Association. She has taught all levels, K-12, spe- 
cializing in choral arts and instrumental music, 
and is currently leading GDA singers to grand 

* In October, physics teacher Bao Nguyen 
presented a physics workshop on "Simple 
Machines" at Peabody High School for the 
Regional Northern Massachusetts Physics 
Teachers' Association. 

* In June, English teacher and theatre 
director Paul Warm appeared in an "inde" film 
called The Buddhahood, directed by John 
Sullivan. The film was a part of the Method 
Festival held in Pasedena, CA. Keep your eyes 

peeled for Paul at the next Academy Awards! 

* Last summer, science teacher Hal 
Scheintaub attended a workshop on computer 
modeling of complex systems at the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This fall 
he and colleagues from MIT introduced eco- 
logical and evolution simulations to students in 
his accelerated biology class. Students responded 
enthusiastically and computer modeling became 
an integral part of the curriculum.Through their 
work with the models students have discovered 
ecological principles, manipulated environmen- 
tal variables, and observed the evolution of 
model populations by genetic drift and natural 
selection. They have carried out experiments in 
computer simulations that would be impossible 
in the field. The students took full advantage of 
a unique educational opportunity. 

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fine arts 

A Glimpse into 
the Gallery 

Ben Bizier '02 

above: Jyllian Paul '02, Didi 
Hediprasetyo '01, Jessica Rybicki 
'01, and Tyler Collins '03 
starred in this fall's drama pro- 
duction, Medea. 

left: Headmaster Doggett address- 
es a cheering audience and the 
student body at the last music 
concert in the Thompson 
Performing Arts Center (see 
Campaign news insert). 

Courtney Craft '01 

GDA Sings With 

In November, the GDA chorus, along 
with seven other regional high school cho- 
ruses, joined Cantemus, a 32-voice adult 
chamber chorus based in Hamilton, MA, for 
"The Best of the Best", a joint concert at 
Hamilton- Wenham High School. Led by 
conductor Anne Connolly Potter, the GDA 
group and each high school performed 10- 
15 minutes of its own music, and the con- 
cert closed with all the groups joining 
together for a grand finale. Cantemus 
Director John Haffacker has long wanted to 
give these young singers a chance to sing 
with and for each other, and to see the pow- 
erful effect their music has on their peers. 
"These students are the ones who put in lots 
of extra time to perfect their skills, and they 
knock your socks off in performance," says 
Hoffacker. "We wanted to give them a place 
to shine, for themelves, for each other, and 
for their whole communities." 

Jessie Kendrick '01 

This fall the CarlYoungman 
Gallery featured the woodblocks 
and nwnoprints of David 
Bcaudoin. "Celtic Dog", pictured 
above, was just one of the 30 
hand-rubbed original prints dis- 

on campus 

Development Developments 

Welcome New Trustees! 

Jim Deveney '60 is GDA's newly 
appointed Alumni/ae Council President 
and an ex officio member of the Board of 
Trustees. Student Council President and 
Academy Prizewinner, he attended Brown 
University after GDA, where he also played 
hockey and golf. 

He devoted his career to working as a 
math teacher and coach for 27 years: begin- 
ning at Lawrence Academy, serving as 
founding director of the boys' athletic pro- 
gram at Pingree, earning the inaugural 
induction into the Pingree Hall of 
Athletics, and concluding his career at 
Buckingham Brown & Nichols. He now 
has been retired for five years and enjoys 
boating and golf, including competition in 
this year's Massachusetts Amateur golf event 
and in the Senior Amateur U.S. Golf cham- 
pionship in 1999. He lives in Manchester, 
Ma with his wife Sharon. 

Bruce C.Turner '83 was a dormitory 
proctor and varsity lacrosse player at GDA, 
moving on to play lacrosse in college and 
graduating from Connecticut College in 
1987. With a bachelor's degree in econom- 
ics, he worked as a technology position 
trader for Oppenheimer and Company for 
five years, before moving to Salomon Smith 
Barney where he now serves as Managing 
Director of NASDAQ Trading. He is mar- 
ried to Suzanne Turner and they, with their 
three children, live in Rowayton, CT 

Chris Beebe '55 earned his bachelor's 
degree from Trinity College and an M.B. A. 
from the University of New Haven. He has 
served since 1983 as president and owner of 
Steel Pro Incorporated (Rockland, ME), 
custom stainless steel fabricators, making 
pressure vessels and process vessels for the 
chemical, pharmaceutical, filtration and 
paper industries. He has served on many 
community and regional associations, 
including board member of the Penobscot 
Bay Medical Center, co-chair of the state- 
wide Make-A-Wish auction, commodore 
of the Camden Yacht Club, and the 
Guilford (CT) Community Fund Drive, 
and the Guilford Scholarship Association. 
He and his wife Charlotte live in Maine 
and have six children. 

Todd Dagres '78 lives in Weston, MA 
with his wife Carrie and two children, 
Jason and Emma. Having received his bach- 
elor's degree from Trinity College and a 
M.B.A. from Boston University, he worked 
as a senior technology analyst for both 
Montgomery Securities in San Francisco 
and for Smith Barney. Since 1986, he has 
been a partner at Battery Ventures, a venture 
capital firm in Wellesley, MA. He focuses on 
private equity investments in the technolo- 
gy industry. He also sits on the boards of 
several public and private companies, and is 
a member of the YankeeTek Incubator 
Board of Advisors. 


.TclCCS ... 

Jacqueline Mercer P'99, Administrative 
Assistant, joined the office in August of 
1999. Jackie provides administrative sup- 
port to the Director of Development and 
the Associate Director of Development. 
Jackie's daughter Marlena graduated from 
GDA in 1999 and is now attending the 
College ofWilliam and Mary. 

Linda Thomson joined the team this 
year as Volunteer Coordinator for the capi- 
tal campaign. Linda has been at the 
Academy for nine years as Director of 
Summer Programs. She will continue her 
responsibilities for this program and now 
also will work with the Development 
team, recruiting, training and supporting 
volunteers for the capital campaign. 

Nancy Warner started at GDA in 
August in the new position of Stewardship 
Coordinator. Her responsibilities include 
communicating with major donors to the 
Academy with special emphasis on 
endowed and restricted gifts. 


Congratulations to Peter Barkin '68 of Weston, MA for being the first person to give to the Annual Fund through the on-line giv- 
ing section of our website! If you, too, want to join the proud pioneers of on-line giving, check out our secure site at while you're there, don't forget to check out the latest news from 
Mike Moonves, on-line Reunion registration, and notes from your fellow classmates in the "staying connected" section^* 

8 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 

Admissions Report 

We need your help! With all of 
the national and international 
inquiries and applications we 
are receiving, we would love 
your help in conducting follow- 
up calls or visits, and off-campus 
interviews for those candidates 
who can't visit in Byfield. If you 
are interested, particularly if 
you are from outside of 
New England, please call 
(978-499-3120) or email me 
( . Thanks! 

Greetings to alumni and alumnae, parents and friends. The successful admission effort 
is so much more than conducting interviews, reading applications and mailing out 
letters in the spring. It is about developing connections and contacts. Our strength 
lies, in part, in our ability to locate and cultivate talented students from all over the globe. 

There has never been more activity in the GDA Admission Office. Between mid- 
September and the end of January, we expect to see 700 — 800 families visiting our cam- 
pus. As I write, we have just conducted our Fall Open House where 170 families (more 
than 500 people) toured campus on a Saturday. This week, we will see over 70 candidates 
for personal interviews and tours. Certainly, we have plenty to talk about with prospective 
students. The Square One Curriculum initiative and subsequent follow up evaluations have 
produced a most conducive environment for learning where students are actively engaged 
in the classroom while learning to be independent, life-long learners. Physical improve- 
ments have transformed the campus: the new Center for the Study of Mathematics and 
Science is a terrific facility and was completed at a time when leading educators have iden- 
tified the importance of rigorous math and science programs in an increasingly techno- 
logical world. The extensive technology build-out on campus has enabled GDA to keep 
pace with other top schools. Successful initiatives in student life programs, including resi- 
dential life and weekend life, have made a significant difference in the non-academic but 
equally important part of the GDA experience. 

Renovations and new construction to dorms enable us to show a school where stu- 
dents enjoy high quality residential conditions. The addition of the Barbara F. Porter Field 
and renovations to Perkins Field and the Sager Bowl have turned our once-brown grass 
to lush green carpets. The occasional game under the lights is an exciting way to watch 
GDA teams compete. And the Pescosolido Library is the tour showpiece for this beautiful 
campus. Our new Performing Arts Center will finally validate in facility what we have here 
in program for the performing arts. All of these improvements have contributed to the 
striking first impression folks have when they visit. When they return from their tour, they 
always comment on the warmth and friendliness of our students and faculty. 

Last winter, we reviewed a record number of applications. On April 10th — the dead- 
line for families to respond to our offers of admission and/or financial aid — we found our- 
selves in a position of being slightly overenrolled.The academic quality of the newcomers 
was the strongest in years, and we were very pleased with the extracurricular talent and 
interests the new group brought with them. What has been particularly encouraging as 
well is the diversity we were able to bring to GDA: almost 14 percent of our incoming 
ninth graders were students of color. Attrition is down significantly and is most likely the 
result of a student body who has had GDA as its first choice from early on in the process. 

All of this news is certainly positive, but we feel as though we are still facing many 
challenges. With record numbers coming to campus, we are trying hard to maintain the 
personal touch which has distinguished GDA from other fine schools. The numbers of 
extremely talented middle and low-income applicants continues to swell. An increase in 
our financial aid budget would allow us to assist more students in realizing their dreams. 
Our tour guides are doing a tremendous job while sacrificing their free time for the good 
of the school, and living the GDA motto "not for self but for others." 


Peter Bidstrup was appointed Director of Admission in July, 2000. He has worked at GDA since 
1994, serving as Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admission. Prior to GDA, he 
worked in marketing, after graduating from Franklin & Marshall College. 

The Archon — Winter 2000-01 9 

on campus 

/ hoist the portable projector over one shoulder, sling the laptop case over the other, 
and gather an armful of books and papers. As a librarian on the move, I am bringing a 
lesson on database searching to a freshmen science class which has just been assigned a 
research project on "Threats to Earth's Water. "After a 20-minute lesson, the students 
know to start with a subject search and to continue with a keyword search only after 
developing a list of specific search terms. They will be more efficient researchers and there- 
fore have more time to spend with the information they access. 

The challenge of my role as an integrationist this year is to make the use 
of technology an integral part of the GDA learning environment. A four-part 
pilot program is in place for all freshmen and sophomores. These students are 
learning to utilize our network, to use email distribution lists to participate in 
discussions outside the classroom walls, to send papers and presentations elec- 
tronically, to search our databases for information, and to evaluate web 
resources for authenticity. 

Beyond this series of classes, I am working with teachers in their class- 
rooms on developing assessment projects that call for students to demonstrate 
both technology literacy as well as information literacy standards. Thus far, we 
have done sophomore PowerPoint presentations on Renaissance artists, com- 
paring and contrasting their works with pieces of medieval artwork. An AP 
American History class prepared a document-based historical question on the 
impeachment trials of Johnson and Clinton by selecting documents (political 
cartoons, trial testimony, speeches, and letters) found on the Web. A French 
class is starting to build a web page on France. They will need to link infor- 
mation to outside sources, being selective as to which sites best take the user 
to further learning. 

My ultimate goal is for technology to become a tool that we will take for 
granted. Students will demonstrate learning by automatically selecting the best 
format to present what they have learned. Teachers will assign research pro- 
jects, confident that students have the ability to navigate through the enor- 
mous amount of information available, to select information from a variety of 
sources (books included!) and to evaluate what they access. And, if I am suc- 
cessful, I'll eventually work myself out of a role! 

-Susan Chase 

Library Information Specialist 



Reference Librarian Susan Chase has 

transformed her role at GDA to Library 
Information Specialist. This position seeks 
to further the integration of technology 
and library resources with their use in the 
classroom, by working directly "with teach- 
ers and students in the classroom. 

The school's new reference librarian, 
replacing Susan, is Jennifer Brown. She 

previously worked part-time on the week- 
ends, and will now be the school's full- 
time, evening librarian. Ms. Brown received 
her B.A. from the University of Massa- 
chusetts, her teacher certification from 
Salem State College, and her M.L.I.S. from 
Simmons College Graduate School of 
Library Science. She was previously work- 
ing at Stoneham Public Library as chil- 
dren's librarian. 

Ketlen Celestin is new to GDA this 
year, teaching one section of English, assist- 
ing the Admission Office with interview- 
ing, and various and sundry other activities. 
She earned a B.A. in English from Suffolk 
University, focusing on African-American 
literature and Women's Studies, and her 
M.Ed, from Cambridge College, where she 
taught as a graduate assistant in addition to 
tutoring English, reading, and French at the 
Boston Learning Center. Originally from 
Haiti, Ms. Celestin speaks French and 
Haitian-Creole. She lives in Newburyport. 

10 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

The Ogden clan reunites at GDA this fall. 

Left to right: Steve, Malcolm, Julie, Christopher, 

John, and Dorothy Ogden (seated). 

Reginald Edmonds '88 returns to 
his alma mater this year, teaching a course 
with Student Activities Director Tim Weir 
entitled Life Skills. A required course for all 
sophomores, the class incorporates the 
resources of the school's new ropes course, 
as well as a classroom component facilitated 
by Mr. Edmonds on topics such as nutri- 
tion, drugs and alcohol, and sexuality. Mr. 
Edmonds earned his BA. at Connecticut 
College. He is an independent consultant 
providing training and workshops on the 
prevention of men's violence against 
women. He lives in Gloucester. 

Yarela Jara will be teaching Spanish 
full-time. Ms. Jara is a native of Chile, where 
she taught ESL for two years before teach- 
ing Spanish the last two years at Scotland 
High School in North Carolina. She will 
live in Commons and be an associate dorm 
parent in Farmhouse. 

Carolyn Kimball joins us as Associate 
Director of Admissions, a position created 
by the departure of Gillian Lloyd to 
become Director of Admission at The 
Rivers School and the promotion of Peter 
Bidstrup to Director of Admission here. Ms. 
Kimball has over 20 years of admissions 
experience, including 18 years at Holder- 
ness School and the last four years as 
Assistant Director of Admission and 
Marketing at Landmark School. Ms. 

Kimball, who lives in Newton, NH, will be 
an associate dorm parent in Moody House. 

Shawn Markey '93 is returning to 
GDA to be Associate Dean of Students, 
replacing Aaron Hirsch who is pursuing a 
M.Ed, at Harvard University. A Bowdoin 
College graduate with an A.B. in Govern- 
ment and a minor in French, Mr. Markey 
taught and coached two years at Central 
Catholic High School in San Antonio, TX. 
He will teach one section of French I and be 
head dorm parent in Phillips. 

Steven Ogden will be returning to 
GDA as a full-time English teacher, a position 
created by the promotion of Elaine White to 
Academic Dean and Pdchard Searles to Head 
of the English Department. Mr. Ogden was 
last here as a young faculty child, son of John 
Ogden, head of the English Department in 
the '60s and '70s. Mr. Ogden has been teach- 
ing English since 1987 at Canterbury 
Preparatory School and Berkeley Preparatory 
School in Florida, Garrison Forest School in 
Maryland, and Avon Old Farms School in 
Connecticut. He earned a B.A. in Economics 
from Wake Forest University and an M.A. in 
English from Middlebury College's Bread 
Loaf School of English. He, his wife Julia, and 
their two children, Malcolm, 2, and 
Christopher, 6 months, will live in Peirce. 
Mrs. Ogden, a former English teacher at 
Stoneham High School, North Yarmouth 

Academy, and St. Paul's School for Girls, will 
be a dorm parent in Peirce. 

Sharon Slater will be teaching history 
full-time. Ms. Slater has been teaching at 
Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania since 
1994. She earned her A.B. in History at 
Brown University and her M.A. in History 
at the University of Pennsylvania. She, her 
husband, Tom Robertson, and their daugh- 
ter, Shawn, will live in Commons. Ms. Slater 
will be an associate dorm parent in Peirce. 

Amanda Ulsh will be a full-time sci- 
ence teacher, teaching chemistry and Science 
2000. Ms. Ulsh has been teaching 7th-grade 
life sciences in Peoria, Arizona since 1996. 
She earned her B.S. in Education from 
Northern Arizona University. She will live in 
Perkins and be a dorm parent there. 

Gregory Waldman '87 is returning to 
his alma mater as Manager of Technology 
Support, a position created by the promotion 
of Aaron Mandel to Manager of Information 
Systems. He will also coach wrestling. Mr. 
Waldman has two years of experience in the 
Desktop Support Department of Fidelity 
Investments. He earned a B.S. in psychology 
at Northeastern University and Novell 
Adminstrator (CNA) and A+ Certifications 
at Boston University. In September, Mr. 
Waldman married Melanie D'Orazio '96. 
They will live in Murray House. 

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sports n e. w s 

Senior Tim Lanison was named to the 2nd All- 
League team. 

I o u 11 d u p • sports round u pi 

Season Records 

I Varsity Football 


I JV Football 


| Varsity Field Hockey 


1 JV Field Hockey 


Thirds Field Hockey 


1 Varsity Boys' Soccer 


\ JV Boys' Soccer 


I Thirds Boys' Soccer 


Varsity Girls' Soccer 


JV Girls' Soccer 


Thirds Girls' Soccer 


Varsity Girls' Cross-Country 


Varsity Boys' Cross-Country 


JV Boys' Cross-Country 




Highlights from the 
2000 Fall Season... 


Was it the fact that Coach David 
Abusamra was celebrating his 20th year of 
coaching at GDA? Or the fact that GDA 
hosted this year's Independent School League 
championships, with 16 schools represented 
and hundreds of spectators? Or was it that 
two Olympic runners (1948 Olympian Ted 
Vogel and 1988 and 1992 Olympian Cathy 
Schiro O'Brien) talked with and provided 
inspiration to this year's team? 

Perhaps all of these factors combined to 
make this year's cross-country season one of 
the best ever. With an undefeated season to 
buoy them, the girls' team raced on a 
muddy 5k course at Suffield Academy 
(Suffield, CT) to win the New England 
Division II Championship. The team placed 
five runners in the top 12 places, out of 105 
racers — all of whom received All-New 
England honors. Freshman Lesley Clunie of 
Newburyport placed 2nd, sophomore Laura 
Ellison of North Andover placed 4th, fresh- 
man Lindsay Marsh of Andover placed 8th, 
senior Shaena Tucker of Newburyport 
place 11th, and sophomore Gwyneth 
Stokes of Newbury placed 12th. 

The New England race followed the 
Independent School League Championships, 
held at GDA, in which the girls' team placed 
third against the 16 ISL schools. Lesley Clunie 
received the team's Most Valuable Player 
award, and captain Shaena Tucker earned the 
Coach's Award. Final accolades revealed that 
Lesley Clunie and Laura Ellison were elected 
to the All-League team. 

Meanwhile, the boys' varsity team held 
their own in a competitive season, placing 5th 
out of 25 schools in the Division III New 
England Championships held at Groton, 
MA. The team has finished in the top five 
every year for the past five seasons — no small 
accomplishment. On this year's cool and wet 
day, Allen Cooper '03 of Newburyport led 
the team, placing 17th of 174 in 17:59, nar- 
rowly missing All-New England status. The 

Governors were the third ISL team behind 
Groton (first) and Roxbury Latin (third) and 
only 1 1 points away from 4th place Holder- 
ness School. Abounding in youth, the team 
looks to come into its own next season and 
improve on this year's accomplishments. Jay 
Ruais '04 of Salem, NH earned the team's 
Most Valuable Player award and Allen Cooper 
earned the Coach's Award. 

GDA hosted hundreds of 
runners and fans at this 
year's ISL cross-country 
championships. In his 20th 
year of coaching at GDA, 
David Abusamra cheered 
his girls' team to a first 
place New England title. 

Field Hockey 

Under the leadership of Coach Gretchen 
Scharfe '95, the Varsity Field Hockey team 
fought a competitive league to finish with a 
record of 5-9. Highlights of the season includ- 
ed beating Phillips Exeter, and scoring twice as 
many goals this season as last. Senior captain 
Jess Ross of Ipswich received this year's MVP 
award and also earned a spot on the All- 
League team. Senior Katy Brox of Manchester 
received the Coach's Award and senior Megan 
Rothwell of Norfolk received All-League 
Honorable Mention. Jenna Wade '03 of 
Topsfield was high scorer for the season. Jess 

12 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 

Ross, Megan LaGasse '03 of Newburyport, 
Jessie Logan '01 of Boothbay Harbor, ME, and 
Ashley Foley '04 of Byfield all competed in 
the National Festival in Florida. 


Kicking off their home games on a 
newly resurfaced Sager Bowl (see campaign 
newsletter p. xxx), the varsity football team 
had a great season this fall, narrowly missing a 
chance to compete in post-season play. The 
All-League team boasted five GDA players: 
Nino Balestrieri '01 of San Mateo, CA; Justin 
Becker '01 of Stafford, VA; Matthew Lee '01 
of San Mateo, CA; JJ. Morrissey '02 of 
Winchester; and Jackson Parker of Woolrich, 
ME. Honorable mention All-League honors 
were given to Jeff Desmarais '01 of Man- 
chester, NH; Derek Falvey '01 of Lynn; Joe 
Levitt '01 of Newburyport; and Ralphie 
Rodriguez '02 of Haverhill. Matt Lee earned 
the team's Most Valuable Player award and Joe 
Fannon '01 of Lynn earned the Coach's Award. 


The girls' varsity soccer team raced 
through the season with flying colors, ending 
with a dramatic fight for the Division II cham- 
pionship. Seniors Emily Ouimette of Danvers 
and Elizabeth Depratto of North Lancaster, 
Ontario, earned All-League awards, while 
Melissa Bourque '02 ofTopsfield and Kimberly 
Jones '01 ofWenham earned honorable men- 
tion All-League recognition. Emily Ouimette 
earned the Most Valuable Player award and 
Kim Jones earned the Coach's Award. 

In a highly competitive league, this year's 
boys' soccer team fought hard. With 18 goals 
to his name, senior captain Sam Porter of 
Ipswich earned the team's Most Valuable 
Player award and a spot on the All-League 
team, the All-State team, and the All-New 
England team. Senior Timothy Lamson of 
Ipswich, earned a spot on the 2nd All-League 
team. Matt DiGiuseppe '01 of Beverly earned 
the Howard J. Navins award, named for for- 
mer coach and teacher Buster Navins, honor- 
ing a senior for his spirit and desire. 

top photo: Senior Emily Ouimette takes charge on the soccer 
field. Tlic girls' varsity soccer team competed in the Division 
II championship, beating Thayer in the semi-finals and suf- 
fering a tough one-goal loss to Middlesex in the finals. 

November 11,2000 
Dear Marty, 

You missed a wild game last night. The girls' varsity soccer team played our game in torren- 
tial rain and wind under the lights. It had started to rain at about 2:30 a.m. Friday morning. I 
struggled all day, as the puddles on the field were getting larger ... but in my 11 years of coach- 
ing, I have NEVER seen a team SO pumped to play Under the lights, in the rain ... they want- 
ed it so badly that I couldn't postpone the game. It would have deflated them too much! Wotty 
[JeffWotten, the assistant athletic director] was insisting that it was too dangerous — there was def- 
initely standing water. The goal area at one end was a mud bath and there was a 10ft by 5ft pud- 
dle inches deep at half field. I'm looking at this puddle and the mud in the net and my players' 
eyes are getting larger as they see the inevitable running through my head. They run uiside, get 
buckets, get brooms, and even get paper cups. They were going to prove me wrong. Tliis game was 
going to be played on schedule! I knew at that point, that if the game was postponed there was 
no way we would win it the next day. The deflation factor would have ended our chances. Thayer 
had left at 2:30 p.m., it was now 5:00 p.m., game time was 6:15 p.m. They were probably right 
down the road. Might as well wait till they got here and then make the final call. At 5:30 p.m. 
the lights go on, the teams go out on the field, and the energy emanating could have lit the field 
better than the lights themselves. Both teams were pumped! There was no turning back now. Rain 
was flying horizontally past the lights; the puddle on the field had returned. One ref says to me, 
"You'll tell me after the game why we're all here tonight." By 6:15 p.m., game time, the field is 
completely lined with garbage bag-clad fans and half-naked football players in kilts. Tlie game 
begins. Ttte play is good. The play is strong. The rain does not prevent Emily from doing her thing, 
she controls the midfteld.The rain does not prevent Beth from doing her thing: two beautiful goals 
and two assists. The rain does not slow down Vanessa, Delia with a tremendous break-away goal, 
or Nicole with the goal we've been waiting for all season. Mel plays like her father on ice. Ashley 
is an animal at stopper. The conditions are pe feet for Kerri's aggressive style. Meg's size and power 
are formidable. Kaitlin, Becca, and Kendra are in their element — a wall on defense. Couldn't ask 
for better conditions for Meaghan's style of play. Liz cuts and turns the ball like it's a sunny day 
Gabby plays with the energy of the Tasmaniau devil. Speedy Heather runs like the wind. Kimmie 
sweeps the field dry. Even our injured reserve Caitlin was a factor on the sideline. Amanda and 
Gabe come up huge in goal — for all anyone could tell the field and goal areas were bone dry. Field 
players made slides that would put Derek feter to shame. 

We won 4-1. 

— Roberta McLain, girls' soccer coach 

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by English Teacher Paul Wann 


As part of GDA 's professional development pro- 
gram, Paul Wann attended the Oregon Shakespeare 
Festival last summer. 

It wasn't the pyramids of volcanic ash. It 
wasn't the warm clear days and the cool dry 
nights. It wasn't the breathtaking red and green 
scenery of the Rogue Valley. It wasn't the drive- 
through espresso stands. It wasn't the peaceful 
and kind Oregonians. It wasn't all the wonder- 
ful bookstores and the friendly Carnegie 
library. It wasn't feasting on succulent salads 
each day at the Greenleaf restaurant. It wasn't 
the beautiful park full of families on blankets, 
lovers strolling, hippies grooving and actors 
talking about their craft. 

It was Shakespeare: the Oregon 
Shakespeare Festival. It was 10 shows in 
eight days. It was three-hour morning dis 
cussions about the plays. It was three differ- 
ent theatres playing to capacity afternoon I 
and evening six days a week. It was long 
queues at the box office each morning 
and people standing around with signs 
reading "Need two Tickets for Hamlet" 
"12th Night Tickets?" The scalpers 
from Fenway Park would tear their jfl 
hair out at this eager seller's market. 
And all for what? For Shakespeare. 

What is Shakespeare to them or they to 
Shakespeare that they should cry for him? 
Founded in 1935 by English/Theatre professor 
Angus L. Bowmer, The Oregon Shakespeare 
provides world-class productions of Shakespeare, 
the Greeks, the French, and the best in 
American drama from Kaufman and Hart and 
Tennessee Williams to the latest work by young 
playwrights and theatre companies. Imagine: a 
whole economy based on theatre. 

The Elizabethan Theatre is the original 
space, a reconverted Chautauqua amphitheatre 
that places the audience under the stars facing 

14 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

a half-timbered two story house with porches 
and stairways coming down onto a thrust stage 
that gives all the upper and lower level playing 
areas and entranceways a director could ever 
want. The Angus Bowmer Theatre is state-of- 
the-art proscenium theatre that reminded me 
of The Barbican, 

London home 

of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Finally, the 
Black Swan is an intimate "black box" theatre 
that seats about 80 and that can be transformed 
into almost any shape. (N.B. There will be a 
"black box" theatre as part of the new 
Performing Arts Center currendy under con- 
struction here in Byfield.) And the wonder of 
it all: every performance from February to 
October is sold out. (Officially: 93 percent of 
capacity — unheard of in the theatre world.) 
The average distance an audience member 
travels to the theatre is 120 miles. 

Our sojourn at the Oregon Shakespeare 

Festival infused us with hope, energy and ideas. 
Each production provoked. The Trojan Women 
most direcdy has inspired my concept for our 
fall drama production of Medea. 

Hamlet is always worth seeing, and the 
actor who played him displayed a virtuoso 
vocal range. We saw the production in the 
Elizabethan Theatre on a Saturday night and 
there was a wedding party going on nearby 
with a live band. My colleagues were resdess 
and worried about the noise. I enjoyed the 
post-modern thrill of witnessing the "To be 
or not to be" soliloquy while far away in the 
night the band crooned "Ahoooeeee! 
Werewolf of London.' ' 

2000 was the year of 12th Night for me. I 
saw an outdoor production in Los Angeles in 
June. I played Sir Toby Belch outdoors at 
Maudslay Park in July and then saw the OSF 
production in August. How can I communi- 
cate the wonder of seeing the same actor play 
the hapless Sir Andrew Aguecheek at night and 
then appear the next afternoon as Henry V? 
The following day he came to our class to talk 
about the plays and his characters and the 
rehearsal process. 

In addition, in the courtyard which leads 
to all the theatres, each evening before the plays 
there is a 45-minute Green Show featuring live 
music and dance that serves as an overture to 
the plays. The celebratory African/pop music 
and dance before 12th Night was called Food of 

As a Bardolotor and theatre-lover my 
most memorable moments came while I 
watched Taming of the Shrew. The production 
exploded myths and revealed deep truths. Stop 
me on campus to talk about it or email me at If you love the theatre, con- 
sider that a week in Ashland at the OSF rivals 
a week in London or in New York. 


by Latin Teacher Jeff Kelly '85 

As part of the faculty enrichment program, Jeff Kelly, 
his wife Dionne, and their one-year-old daughter 
Shea traveled the coast of Alaska last summer on a 
seven-day cruise from Seward to Vancouver, British 

The first thing that struck me about 
Alaska was the youth of the people at work in 
the airport. It seemed that everyone around 
was in his or her early twenties, compared to 
my 32 years and the middle age of most cruis- 
ers. No doubt 
many were 
taking advan- 
tage of the 
offered by the 
tourism in- 
dustry, Alaska's 
third largest 
employer be- 
hind the fed- 
eral and state 
As the older 
spent its 
money, the younger generation made it (I'm 
not quite sure where I fit in). In fact, in addi- 
tion to the youth and age, I noticed several 
contrasts on this trip, and they will help me 
describe the trip's highlights. 

I could see the first and most spectacular 
contrast from the window of the plane: ice and 
water. Southeastern Alaska is home to hun- 
dreds of glaciers, ranging from south of Juneau 
to all the way up to Anchorage. From the 
plane I recognized the alluvial pattern of 
glacial ice as it met the blue water of the 
Pacific. Up close, a glacier is even more 
impressive. Although it is receding, the 
Mendenhall Glacierjust outside of downtown 
Juneau, is over 100 feet tall and one mile wide. 
Its blue, tightly-compacted ice glows at its vis- 
itors from across a cloudy glacial lake. More 
magnificent still is Hubbard Glacier, which 
meets Yakutat Bay with a wall of ice 300 feet 
high and six miles long. Viewed from the ship, 

we observed the face of the glacier "calving," 
shedding its front layer of ice in huge chunks. 

These glaciers, and just about everything 
else in Alaska, bring about a third contrast: size 
and perspective. No matter how high, wide, 
long, or deep an object appeared to me, I 
struggled to put it into a meaningful context. 
I viewed the Hubbard Glacier from a distance 
of about two miles, close enough to get a look 
but certainly too far to comprehend its entire 
magnitude. The same held true for the St. Elias 
Mountains, a snow-covered range of coastal 
mountains that served as a picturesque back- 
drop as we cruised past them. At over 18,000 
feet, Mt. St. Elias itself is enormous but seemed 
as far away as the scenery in a landscape paint- 
ing. On the last day of our journey, we sailed 
past Vancouver Island which, at over 200 miles 
in length, was just one-ninth of the total num- 
ber of miles sailed. What did seem large were 
the areas of clear-cut by the logging industry, 
acres of denuded land juxtaposed by a straight 
line of uncut forest, as if nature could follow 
human-defined boundaries. 

As we sailed south, the scenery became 
greener and less icy, a sure sign that the tem- 
perate rain forest was taking a stronger hold. 
Stopping at Skagway Juneau, Sitka, and final- 
ly Ketchikan, the white on the mountains was 
replaced by deep green. These ports of call, as 
exotic as they may sound, all have a unique 
and down-to-earth feel. The best way to 
arrive at them is by water or air, as road access 
is either limited, or more likely unavailable. I 
tried to find something unique in each port 
that would make it memorable. In Skagway, it 
was a four-mile run from the ship across the 
town airstrip to Yakutania Point, a rocky out- 
look on the bay. In Sitka, Dionne and I took 
a sea-kayaking excursion. In Ketchikan it was 
a long walk through town with Shea and a 
visit to the interactive Southeast Alaska 
Discovery Center. 

One of the more interesting things I 
observed from the people who live in Alaska, 
many of whom seem to be transplants from 
somewhere else, is their overriding respect for 

nature. Nature can exert its power in so many 
ways that it must never be overlooked. Snow, 
ice, and cold are destructive forces, but rain, 
often over 100 inches per year, dominates 
southeastern Alaska as well. Extreme tides are 
common and tricky in a region where mar- 
itime travel is a necessity. High winds can affect 
one's daily life for days. Change in season also 
brings its difficulties. Alaska's latitude makes for 
the longest of days in summer, providing up to 
20 hours of daylight and a short but fast grow- 
ing season. This is the time to take advantage 
of all Alaska has to offer. In contrast, winter 
allows four hours of daylight, and if you 
thought February in Byfield was tough, imag- 
ine it in Anchorage. 

A final contrast that struck me was how 
luxuriously we traveled on the Mercury while 
only miles, or less, from the severity of Alaskan 
wilderness. On the cruise, we certainly ate well 
and often, and some kind of attendant was 
never far from sight. Sometimes it was difficult 
to believe that the land we were watching 
glide by was some of the most remote and 
wild in the world, with conditions and wildlife 
that would make human habitation challeng- 
ing or impossible. While I did not experience 
Alaska's ruggedness, I certainly have a greater 
appreciation for it. 

(Please visit the website Dionne has cre- 
ated about this trip at http://pages.ivillage. 

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Without Walls: 

An International 


How do you say hello in French? 
Greek? Tibetan?Turkish? Hindi? 
Chinese? Polish? What is the capital of 
Ecuador? Lithuania? Cuba? Belarus? 
Senegal? Vietnam? Nepal? 

The Foreign Language Department 
sponsored this fall's "Without Walls" pro- 
gram — a Thursday Without Walls excursion 
by the entire student body and faculty to 
the Boston International Festival 2000. 

An all-school assembly kicked off the 
program on Wednesday night. Speakers 
included Ike Suggs inviting students on a 
summer trip to Ghana (p. 20); GDA parent 
George Santa Cruz (Michael Santa Cruz '04) 
speaking on his experiences growing up in 
Cuba;Jens Claysen, the leader of the German 
Exchange Program (p. 17); visiting teacher 
Gorgui Diaw of Senegal (p. 17); teachers Bao 
Nugyen and Perry Nelson inviting students 
on a summer 2001 trip to Nguyen's home- 
land, Vietnam; and former GDA language 
teacher Douglas Guy (p. 21) elucidating the 

16 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

top kji:Ande Tagliamonte '01 samples a delicacy from the eastern hemisphere, top right: Seniors Lauren Bonaventura, 
I 'in Manzi, Jessica Watson, Pete Ellis, and Chelsea Cqffiey enjoy the day at the International Festival. 

role that language can play in one's life and 
indeed has for many GDA alums. 

Santa Cruz explained, "Learning new 
languages gives you a window on another 
culture, on another way of knowing. 
Speaking a new language increases your 
freedom, and gives you the understanding 
that we are part of a world culture." Guy 
agreed, saying that "learning new languages 
and learning about new cultures also lends 
you a different perspective on your own 
culture. It teaches you communication 
skills — listening, understanding, and being 
sensitive to other people and their values." 

The Boston International Festival was 
a self-described "educational adventure 
through different cultures of the world." 
Through exhibits, food, dance, music, crafts 
participatory activities such as story telling, 
the festival was a colorful and energetic cul- 
tural odyssey for all who attended. 

Doc Bradley nsits the Tibetan booth. 

Haitian musicians sing for the crowds. 

Visitor from 

Gorgui Diaw of Senegal joins our fac- 
ulty this year each Monday morning. 
According to Dean of Faculty Bill Quigley, 
Gorgui is "a teacher, a musician, a scholar 
(English literature is his field), multilingual, 
and a wonderful person." This is Gorgui's 
second year in the United States, following 
a one-year teacher exchange to the Glen 
Urquhart School (Beverly, MA) last year. In 
addition to teaching at GUS again this year, 
Gorgui is teaching one section of French at 
the Waring School in Beverly. He is con- 
tributing to GDA by visiting classes 
(including advanced French classes); pre- 
senting particular lessons (in English, histo- 
ry or music classes), teaching African 
drums, and sharing stories with our stu- 
dents over lunch. 

left: Ike Suggs '78 speaks about his trip to Ghana, above: Chris Mclnnis '02 and 
Lenny Ccglarski '02 visit with Chinese statues, below: German teacher Jens 
Chiysen speaks to students at GDA. 

20th Anniversary of 
German Exchange 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 
Governor Dummer Academy's German Ex- 
change Program with Gymnasium am 
Heimgarten in Ahrensburg, Germany. In 
October, GDA students and families hosted 
17 German students and two chaperones. 
They attended classes with GDA students and 
periodically traveled on day trips with their 
chaperones. The 11th grade students came 
from northern Germany, near Hamburg and 
were on their fall break from school. 

The other half of the exchange occurred 
last June when 18 GDA students traveled to 
Germany for a two-week trip. The students 
lived with host families, attended classes at 
Ahrensburg High School, and spent time 
sightseeing in Berlin and the surrounding 
area of northern Germany Notable high- 
lights included day trips to the former East 
German coastal cities of Schwerin and 
Wismar, sightseeing in Hamburg and 
Luebeck, and a night at the theater featuring 
the "Buddy Holly Musical." Students also 
enjoyed family outings to nearby lakes to go 
biking and swimming, saw European Soccer 
Championship Playoff games nightly on TV, 
and some even went to see Hamburg's 

football team 
compete in their superbowl. 

After leaving their host families, the 
GDA group visited the Berlin area for the 
weekend, sight-seeing at the Brandenburg 
Gate and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum 
and chipping pieces from what is left of the 
Berlin wall. German teacher John Seufert 
explains, "The students learned to use their 
language with confidence and perhaps just as 
importantly had absorbed enough of their 
new environment to be able to ask thought- 
ful questions about history and culture." 

Freshman yds seek facts for their International scavenger hunt. 

top left: Kristen DeForrest '03 and Robin Havener '04 check their facts, bottom left: Kerri O'Neill '04, Kaitlin Ebinger '01, and Meaghan Barnaby'OI try on new hats. 

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Science teacher Susan Oleszko-Szuts reflects on 
her three week visit in Japan this fall, on a 
Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program 

It could have been the food: the first 
grand sushi smorgasbord at the Japanese 
Consul General's House on one of the high 
hills of San Francisco; the roasted two-foot- 
tall heads of tuna at the opening banquet in 
Tokyo, from which we were served the 
cheeks; the art-deco arrangements of dessert 
fruit and sorbet; the Japanese breakfast at 
our hotel which always had six different 
offerings — each on its separate and differ- 
ently shaped dish; the delicately fried tem- 
pura with shrimp, mildly hot peppers and 
sweet potatoes; the kaiseki lunch of eleven 
different dishes in Kyoto served in a private 
room overlooking an exquisite private gar- 
den. It could have been the mounds of aro- 
matic mandarin oranges and sweet crisp 
Asian pears in the markets and the moun- 
tains of seafood (some of which I could not 
identify, even to the phylum!) at the Tsukiji 
Fish Market at 5 a.m. It could have been the 
steaming washcloths served with every 
meal. It could have been the restaurant win- 
dows beckoning with their displays of won- 
derfully crafted "fake food." It could have 
been our rule, "Eat nothing you recognize!" 

It could have been the place: exotic 
Buddhist temples with fantastical architec- 
ture; shrines hazy with incense and noisy 
with bells and clapping (to attract the atten- 
tion of the gods) situated among skyscrap- 
ers that crowd together closer than possible; 
the incredibly hot public baths right across 
from our laundromat, so that our cleanli- 
ness would be thorough; the subways that 
carried us within blocks of any destination 
in Tokyo; the street signs all in kanji, 
Chinese characters, so that navigating 
became entirely spatial; the fragrant aesthet- 
ic tatami rooms with their straw coverings 
that get replaced each year; the bonsai gar- 

dens with their ancient stands of maple 
trees and pine, only one or two feet tall; the 
utter safety in the midst of millions of 
bustling, busy people. It could have been 
the exquisitely crafted folk art contrasted 
with the not-so-attractive-but-functional 
driving ranges totally encased in green 
mesh in the center of urban areas. 

Ultimately it came down to the peo- 
ple: our guide and our translator who tried 
to make us adhere to Japanese standards of 
punctuality, but who always wanted to share 
one more authentic experience with us; the 
city official who escorted us around his city, 
always with a twinkle in his eyes; the two 
lovely young women who gave up one of 
their weekend days to show me their cities 
of Kamakura and Kyoto, just because we 
had a friend in common; the elementary 
school kids who sang like angels for us and 
who made a game of cleaning every corner 
of their school each afternoon before going 
home; the junior high school students who 
clamored to be in a photo with the tall 
American sensai; the high school students 
who industrially worked on their calligra- 
phy, without their teacher or a substitute in 
the room; the school faculty who waved us 
goodbye from the curbside at the end of 
our visit; my host mother and her mother, 
sister, daughter and cousin (aged 18 to 75) 
who welcomed me into their homes for a 
weekend and shared with me their trea- 
sures, their culture, their festivals. 

Once again the demands of the GDA 
community have absorbed me, and I don't 
have the luxury of spending time with my 
journal, or leafing through pictures, or sort- 
ing through the treasures I brought home 
with me. But images still insinuate them- 
selves into my routine, images of people, of 
place, of food. How lucky I was to have had 
this adventure! 

-Susan Oleszko-Szuts 

1 8 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

This summer I was fortunate to have 
had the distinct honor to be accepted into 
the IWCAT program. IWCAT is the 
International "Workshop of Ceramics Art in 
Tokoname. Tokoname is located in the heart 
of Japan, 40 minutes south of Nagoya by 
train on the west coast of Chita Peninsula 
facing the Pacific Ocean. The population of 
the city is over 52,000 and the majority of 
citizens work in the ceramics industry. 
Tokoname is a city with a rich history of 
pottery and ceramics production going back 
900 years. It is the site of the Tokoname kiln, 
one of the Six Ancient Kiln Sites of Japan. 

My six-week visit in Japan was a magi- 
cal time. Exploring this program with 17 
other clay lovers from around the world 
added so much to being there. We ranged in 
age from 21 to 56. We each lived with a 
Japanese host family experiencing first-hand 
Japanese culture and daily family life in 
Japan. The bicycle was our means of trans- 
portation, and we worked at the Higashi 
School. We had at our disposal many clays to 
try, clays such as Shigaraki, Shudei, Kannyu, 
and Kotodai. They were plastic and easy to 
use. We made such lively and spontaneous 
ceramics. We fired three wood kilns over a 
two-week period, working eight-hour shifts 
around the clock for three days and nights. 
Toward the end of each firing, we were 
feeding the kiln with armfuls of wood every 
minute and a half. It was exhausting. I have 
never sweated so much in all my life. Will 
there be work coming out of the firings 
good enough to put in the exhibition? 
Luckily the answer was yes. 

Total immersion in a culture rich in 
ceramic history and part of a program that 
challenges and stimulates, eating my gohan 
and trying to communicate with my host 
mother Yoko-san in "nihongo" — these are 
such fine memories! I will never be the same. 
My host family Kataoka made me part of 
their world. Everyday I tried eating something 
new — things I never thought I would eat, 
many things from the sea, head, bones, and all. 
We were definitely provided with the best of 
everything — clays, demonstrations, parties, 
food and friendships. This experience is one 
that will leave a lasting mark on my soul. 

Ceramics in Tokoname 

Fine arts teacher Irina Okula reflects on her 
summer ceramics workshop in Japan. 

Irina Okula 

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Associate Director of Admission Isaiah Suggs and 
a group of Boston area teachers and students trav- 
eled to Ghana, West Africa last summer. He hopes 
GDA students will join the group next summer. 

The trip across the Atlantic to the 
country called Ghana was the beginning of 
an adventure that opened my eyes to the 
many benefits that we as Americans enjoy. 
The thought of not having electricity 
would be unfathomable here in the USA, 
yet we "were told that the small fishing vil- 
lage of Kokrobitey had only recently expe- 
rienced the lights that we used during the 
unloading of our luggage at night. 

The warm evening air as we disem- 
barked from the plane was enticing. Unlike 
at JFK when we left the United States, this 
crowd proceeded to let us know that we 
were welcome visitors to their land. We 
loaded our luggage onto the caravan of 
vehicles that awaited us. We had landed in 
the capital city of Accra, and we were told 
that our journey to Kokrobitey, our home 
away from home for eighteen days, was 
going to take us approximately one hour. 

The people of Kokrobitey, a small fish- 
ing village, were very kind to their 
American visitors. They posed for our pic- 
tures. They invited us to a baby-naming 
ceremony. The school children visited with 
us as part of a literacy program that was run 
by the leader of the summer institute 
named the Kokrobitey school. There was 
also a group of young boys that visited with 
us from a boarding school in Legon. 

Our group worked to put together a 
presentation around an African play, involv- 
ing drumming and dancing from the 
Ghanaian culture. Two Ghanaians worked 
with us each day to polish the presentation, 
before we shared it with the village. A pro- 
fessional group of performers contributed 
some wonderful dance routines. Along 
with working on our presentation, we also 
experienced trips to the rain forest of 
Kakum; the forest of Aburri; the National 
Theater of Ghana; the wood-carving vil- 
lage, Elmina; the Cape Coast slave castles; 
the museums and art galleries that are a 
huge part of the landscape of Ghana; and 
the WEB Dubois home. This trip was a 
most exciting experience. 

-Isaiah Suggs '78 

20 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

From Robotics to Rock Star: 
How Language Skills May 
Shape Your Life 

By J. Douglas Guy 


In the early 1980s when I was teaching 
German at Governor Dummer Academy, 
occupational education for the college 
bound was a fairly new concept. But for me, 
the handwriting was on the wall: with the 
global village rapidly becoming a reality, for- 
eign language skills were becoming a neces- 
sity and a very practical tool in the work- 
place, regardless in what field one worked. So 
I remember setting a little class time aside to 
talk to my students about how they might 
someday use their German or other language 
skills in their work, how important it would 
be for them to keep studying and building 
their language skills beyond GDA, and how 
they might be able to parlay those skills to 
their advantage in their careers. Some of my 
students heard me, but more than a few of 
them gave me that arms-folded, grimacing, 
"yeah, right ..." kind of look, never for a sec- 
ond believing that FL skills would have any 
impact on their future professional lives. 

Over the years I heard from students 
studying abroad, and even more interesting 
were the stories of former GDA students 
who had developed international careers 
where their language skills were crucial to 
their success. I know stories of many GDA 
alums working in the international arena, 
from the male fashion model in Madrid to 
the international relief worker in the Middle 
East. But for now I want to highlight some of 
my former students of German who took 
their burgeoning language skills to the next 
level in their lives and their careers. 

The study of foreign language is first and 
foremost the development of communicative 
skill. The person who really knows a foreign 
language learns to understand, read, write and 
speak the language, but the truly competent 
speaker also acquires deep cultural knowl- 
edge to understand the language in its own 

context: the history, literature, beliefs, values, 
habits and everyday practices of the native 
speakers of that language. Employing the 
mechanics of a foreign language without 
understanding its context can have grave 
results, as a number of American businesses 
have learned abroad, the hard way. General 
Motors could not understand why the 
Chevy Nova wasn't popular in Latin America 
until someone finally pointed out that in 
Spanish "No va" means "it doesn't go."When 
Coca Cola first marketed its beverage in 
China, the company wanted to retain the 
sound name of their trademark in Chinese, 
but the result was a marketing campaign that 
exhorted the Chinese to "Bite the wax tad- 
pole!" instead of "Drink Coca Cola." Not to 
be outdone, Pepsi had their "Come Alive 
with Pepsi" slogan mistranslated as "Pepsi 
brings your ancestors back from the dead." If 
these companies had had competent staff 
with both the language and cultural skills to 
catch these bloopers, they could have avoid- 
ed costly and embarrassing errors. 

Here now are the stories of five GDA 
graduates who have NOT made similar 
bloopers, but instead worked to develop their 
linguistic competence and now use it to their 
advantage in their careers. Most of them were 
participants in the GDA-Ahrensburg ex- 
change program with the Gymnasium Am 
Heimgarten, a school-to-school, family-to- 
family exchange program supported by the 
German-American Partnership Program — 
now in its twentieth year at the Academy. 
Several students have continued to use 
German in their work, while others have 
learned new languages. The important thing is 
that all of them have acquired the language 
skills and knowledge they needed to be skilled 
communicators: good listeners, writers armed 
with a variety of writing styles, and speakers, 

with reasonable accuracy, who respect the val- 
ues of native speakers and their culture. 

Henry Long '84 departed from GDA as 
one of the most accomplished students in his 
graduating class. He was an excellent student 
of German and an accomplished runner for 
Mr. Abusamra, but he was an even more 
accomplished scientist and was admitted to 
M.I.T, where he earned his B.A. in chemistry. 
Henry decided to go on for his Ph.D and 
was admitted to the doctoral program in 
physical chemistry at the University of 
California-Berkeley, where he breezed 
through his language competency tests and 
worked with a number of post-doctoral stu- 
dents from Germany. 

Once Henry had finished his degree and 
was looking for a post-doctoral research 
appointment, his thesis adviser contacted an 
old friend in Germany, the director of the 
renowned Max Planck Institut fur 
Polymerforschung (Max Planck Institute for 
Polymer Research) in Mainz, Germany. 
Henry suddenly found himself with a two- 
year postdoctoral appointment on the shore 
of the Rhine River, working in a primarily 
English-speaking research environment but 
delighting in the German life that surround- 
ed him. While other American post-docs felt 
lonely and isolated outside the lab, Henry felt 
completely comfortable in Germany and had 
a great experience. 

After completing a third post-doctoral 
year at the National Institute of Health in 
Bethesda, MD, Henry decided to switch 
gears and explore the field of robotics. He got 
his first job with the biotech start-up 
Curagen Corporation, and now through a 
series of mergers, Henry works for Aventis 
Pharaceuticals, a multinational French- 
German-American company. With sites in 
Germany, France and the United States, and 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 21 

company headquarters in the Frankfurt/ 
Main area, Henry has plenty of opportuni- 
ty to use German in both his professional 
and personal life. Henry reported recently 
having to travel to Switzerland on behalf of 
the company to evaluate a Swiss robotics 
product. Since only one of the Swiss scien- 
tists felt comfortable in English, Henry 
switched to German, and to the great sur- 
prise of the Swiss team he took control of 
the situation, firing questions and negotiat- 
ing terms in German. 

Darrah Shula Bryan '82 is a veteran of 
GDA's very first exchange program with 
Gymnasium Am Heimgarten. After GDA, 
Darah entered Kenyon College, only to find 
that Ohio didn't agree with her. She discov- 
ered Kenyon's year abroad program in 
Germany and decided to spend her junior 
year at Universitat Tubingen on the edge of 
the Black Forest, deepening her knowledge 
of the language and culture. She also decided 
to switch schools and transferred to the 
Monterey Institute for International Studies, 
where she put her language background to 
work and earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in 
international studies. 

Darah s first job brought her to 
Washington, DC, where she worked for the 
Institute for Defense Analysis researching 
developments in the French and Germany 
military at the end of the Cold War. She 
worked exclusively with original source doc- 
uments in German and French at the Library 
of Congress until funding for the project ran 
out. Forced to find work between jobs, 
Darrah got a temp job at a Washington 
microbrewery where she became friends 
with the brewer, who had studied his craft in 

Darrah had the feeling she had finally 
discovered her true calling. She could use her 



language skills by becoming a brewmaster and 
studying in Germany. She applied to 
Doemanns Brauschule in Grafelfing, Bavaria 
and was admitted to a rigorous two-year pro- 
gram that immersed her in the science and 
the art of beer brewing. She ultimately earned 
three degrees in Germany: as a state certified 
brewmaster, maltmaster and project manager. 
Armed with that unusually strong academic 
background, Darrah landed the position of 
brewmaster at the Brew Moon pub 
Harvard Square, where she oversees brew- 
ing activities and coordinates planning 
for the company's five brew pubs in 
Massachusetts and others 
Pennsylvania and Hawaii. 

Burke Leavitt '84, son of 
GDA math teacher Dick 
Leavitt, worked through the 
dilemma of being a "fac brat" 
by playing baseball as well as 
he played bass guitar for the 
Big Wind. An accomplished 
German student, Burke partic- 
ipated in the GDA-Ahrensburg 
exchange and starred in a prize- 
winning entry at the University 
of Connecticut's German Theater 
Festival before going off to 
Middlebury College. At Middlebury, 
Burke majored in German and spent his 
junior year abroad at the Universitat 
Mainz, soaking in Rhineland culture and 
continuing to play his bass. 

After a stint as a professional rock musi- 
cian back in the United States, Burke got a 
first job in the computer industry working 
for Hewlitt Packard in computer reclama- 
tion, the harvesting, recycling and reprocess- 
ing of parts and precious metals from com- 
puters. When the company discovered 
Burke's skill in German, they were very 

interested in involving him in setting up a 
subsidiary in Germany. In due time, Burke 
found himself posted to southwest Germany, 
working in Holzgerlingen near the Black 
Forest, where he first opened and then man- 
aged the computer reclamation unit serving 
Hewlitt Packard 

"I remember 

talking to my 

students about how 

someday they might 

use language skills 

in their work." 


Another veteran of the GDA- 
Ahrensburg exchange and the University of 
Connecticut German Theater Festival, Stefan 
Marculewicz '84 was one of Stowens' best 
drummers ever, Hoping to combine music 
and academics, Stefan headed for Lawrence 

22 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 

University, famous for its college/conservato- 
ry model. At Lawrence, Stefan started study- 
ing Polish and anthropology but was also 
drawn to Spanish. His good background in 
German allowed him to make rapid 
progress, and by junior year he was ready for 
the college's year abroad program in San 
Juan, Costa Rica. Stefan was placed •with a 
family for a home stay in San Juan, giving 
him a total immersion experience, and later 
spent a month in a coastal fishing village 
doing field research for his anthropology 
thesis. He loved the experience so much that 
upon graduation he took the job of program 
coordinator in San Juan and ran the univer- 
sity's study program for undergraduate stu- 

Back in Massachusetts, he worked for a 
year as a Spanish court interpreter before 
deciding to attend law school at Catholic 
University in Washington, DC, where he was 
drawn to labor law and the issues facing 
immigrant workers. After graduation, Stefan 
went to a job interview for the National 
Labor Relations Board in Washington, DC, 
only to find his interviewer starting the con- 
versation in Spanish. Without ever switching 
back to English, Stefan landed his first job by 
convincing the employer of his skills as a 
lawyer and a linguist. Now a junior partner 
specializing in labor relations with Miles & 
Stockbridge in Baltimore, MD, Stefan still 
uses his Spanish on a regular basis. 

Stefan's sister, Alexandra Marculewicz 
'86, graduated from GDA planning to use her 
artistic talent to become a graphic artist. 
Admitted to the Rhode Island School of 
Design, she earned a degree in graphic design 
in 1991 and started working for Artec House 
Publishers as a technical book designer, ulti- 
mately being promoted to Art Director. 
Getting bored with corporate publishing, 

Alexandra decided to look for an adventure 
and discovered a job opening for a graphic 
designer at the Prague Post, a new English- 
language newspaper printed in Prague, 
Czech Republic. Even though she had never 
lived in a non-English speaking area before 
and only had her German language skills, she 
decided to take this job in the exciting post- 
Cold War expatriate community of Prague. 

Alexandra found she 'was satisfied with 
the workplace, where she spoke English, but 
that outside, without knowing Czech, her 
options were limited. Happily she discovered 
that German was an accepted second lan- 
guage in Prague, based on the city's German- 
speaking minority, and that she could use the 
language to her advantage. She also started 
playing basketball for recreation, and for fun 
started a band with workmates from the 
office, a British violinist, a German cellist, a 
Czech guitarist, and Alexandra as vocalist. 
Calling themselves Deep Sweden, the band 
started playing open mike nights in Prague 
pubs for fun, then they started getting 
noticed. Deep Sweden became the darlings 
of the Prague underground scene and started 
selling out concerts and festival dates. After 
recording a CD and touring throughout 
Western and Eastern Europe, Deep Sweden 
was voted the #1 alternative rock band in 
Eastern Europe and Alex was a certified rock 
star, hounded by fans and the press in Prague 
as "the woman who calls herself Alexandra 
Marculewiczova." Meanwhile, Alex founded 
her own graphic design business in Prague, 
establishing a successful business and winning 
a major international design award in the 
process. After disbanding Deep Sweden, 
Alexandra moved to Ceska Budovice, where 
she has started a new graphic design compa- 
ny as well as a new band, Sing Sing, while 
continuing to commute to Prague. 

The lesson I find in the stories of these 
five alums is this: you never know what's going 
to happen in your life and your career, and the 
more skills you have, the better prepared you 
are to deal with the unexpected. I doubt that 
any of these people could have anticipated the 
turns they've taken in their careers, yet in each 
instance their language skills have helped 
unveil interesting opportunities for growth 
and development and helped them achieve 
unusual success in their careers. 

How do you become a skillful commu- 
nicator in a second language? I offer the fol- 
lowing advice: 

* Stick to one language and master it. 
Don't dabble, taking a year or two of one lan- 
guage, then switching to another. Mastering 
one language provides you with a template 
for studying and mastering other lan- 
guages — it's a transferable skill. 

* Use every opportunity to practice the 
language. If you overhear someone in a store 
or on the subway speaking your target lan- 
guage, strike up a conversation. People are 
usually gracious, generous and flattered by 
your attempts to address them in their lan- 
guage, and it's great experience for you. 

* Don't settle for the minimum; make 
yourself the best learner you can be. Stick to 
it, give your language study regular attention, 
and don't quit when it gets tough. 

* If at all possible, spend a semester or a 
year abroad. All the classroom study in the 
world cannot replace the experience of living 
and breathing the language day in and day 
out, learning to negotiate all of life's little 
challenges in another language. 

If you can figure out how to combine 
proficiency in a foreign language with what 
you love to do professionally, you will have 
a winning combination that will serve you 
for life. 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 23 

class notes 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

Class of 1926 - 75th 
Class of 1931 - 70th 
Class of 1936 - 65th 



Harold H.Audet '38 

511 Crocker Avenue 

Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3705 

(408) 313-5652 

Donald W. Stockwell 

39 Country Hill 

Brattleboro, VT 05301 

(802) 254-5504 

Those of us who attended the 
Reunion this year will long remember the 
wonderful tribute paid to our friend, Art 
Sager, who passed away in his 95th year. It 
was not a time for sadness but one of cele- 
bration. Those who were at the Moseley 
Chapel joined in honoring one who had 
an effect on so many of us. 

Other than myself, Ed Noyes was the 
only '39er on hand. He and his wife, 
Helene, came north to visit relatives, a trip 
timed with our 61st reunion. Although I 
could have felt lonesome because of the lack 
of my fellow classmates that feeling never 
occurred because at every reunion you have 
the occasion to make new friends or renew 
acquaintances from other classes. A case in 
point, Bob Lyle '40 and Bob Schumann 
'40 and their wives took Alice and me 
under their wing and made sure we enjoyed 
their 50th reunion — which included all the 
niceties of a class of that vintage. 

Once again I was disappointed with the 
lack of replies from the class of '39. 
However, I do appreciate hearing from the 
following folks who took the time and 
effort to drop me a few lines. Not only did I 
receive a card from John Koslowski but he 
backed it up with a phone call a few days 
later. Kos is still in the indoor tennis business 
but semi-retired. Unfortunately he is still 
battling Parkinson's which has not allowed 
one of his favorite sports, golf. He also has 
other health problems which curtails his 
activities. Kos praises Peter and Dottie 
Bragdon for such a great job while holding 
away at GDA.To that I'll say, 'Amen.' 

Tom Tenney , one of my regulars, says 
there is nothing new to report. He verifies 
what those of us who live in the Northeast 

have experienced this season, a wet cold 
summer which has affected his golf game. 
He says his tennis is "worse and his weight 
worser.The only good news he relates is 
that John Klotz has turned 80 this year 
which, considering his extracurricular activ- 
ities is hard to believe. Speaking of John 
Klotz, he continues to be involved with 
Stanford tennis having attended the Nike 
tennis clinic in early June. Not content to 
pack it in at his age he spent a week in late 
May in Paris attending the French Open. 
July kept him busy with golf and trout 
fishing. Rounding out the year he will be 
in Florida on a weekly basis. He says 
Tenney won't be there to offer bed and 
board because he'll be too busy with his 
lovely wife, Eunice, whatever that means. 
He signs his card, "Miss You." I don't know 
whether he misses Eunice or me! 

My good friend, Tom Parker, says hi 
to all his friends from the early days at 
GDA and thinks of all of you often. He has 
great memories and sends you his best 
wishes. Both he and Esther are enjoying 47 
years together. John Gannett is now a 
brakeman, conductor and entered appren- 
tice engineer on a narrow gauge railroad in 
Portland, ME. He is converting a 
Wheelhorse garden tractor to a two-foot 
gauge railroad inspection car. Who knows, 
he may wind up with Amtrak. He's in good 
health, has a wonderful wife and great kids. 
I never could get much out of Phil 
Simpson in my request for news, but his 
lovely wife, Sue, rises to the occasion and 
fills me in on their doings. He did not 
make the reunion due to family commit- 
ments so we had to struggle through the 
Alumni Glee Club concert with an obvious 
vacancy in the back row. The Simpsons 
keep busy at their lovely home in 
Winthrop, ME entertaining relatives and 
friends. They indicate they plan to attend 
next year's reunion. 

It's been a quiet summer which at this 
time of life is most welcome. I can't 
remember a year when I have mowed my 
lawn so many times. Rain and more rain 
was the culprit. I did receive the high 
honor of being awarded my second Paul 
Harris Rotary Fellow. Being a charter 
member of our Rotary Club we observed 
our 50th anniversary in June. Where does 
time go? Hopefully more of you will 
answer my call for news next time. 


William H. Torrey 

112 Fire Island Avenue 

Babylon, NY 11102 

(516) 669-4339 

pj torrey 2 1 @aol. com 

Ben Wright was sorry to miss the 
60th reunion at the Academy. He was in 
San Diego for the graduation of his great 
niece from High School. She's going to 
Cornell in the fall. He went on to Quebec 
City for the biennial Congress of the 
International Skating Union of which he is 
an honorary member. He continues to be 
involved in the skating world and this past 
season he and his wife were in Nice, France 
for one World Championship and in 
Minneapolis for another. He continues as 
secretary of the Skating Club of Boston 
(1912) which is the sponsoring club of the 
2001 National Championships next January 
at the Fleet Center. As club historian he is 
working on the program. Ben is working 
on his family history, Masonic activities, 
philately, Rotary and savings bank affairs. 

Bob Schumann reports: "The 3 
Bobs (Little, Lyle and Schumann) had a 
great time reminiscing at the 60th reunion 
highlighted with concert and eulogies for 
Art Sager. Buster Navins and Ben Stone 
were in attendance. Golf in the afternoon 
with a gourmet dinner in Frost Library 
topped off a delightful visit." Bob Lyle 
says, "Of course, when you're in the "Old 
Guard" you get a free ride," but he and 
Thelma had a free bed anyway in 
Newburyport at her daughter's 200-year- 
old house on High Street. Her daughter's 
two children are at GDA. They visited with 
some familiar to our class: Ben Stone, 
Buster Navins and the recent Head Peter 
and the new Head Marty. The hit of the 
weekend for him was the service for Art 
Sager supported by the Alumni Glee Club. 
There were wonderful improvements all 
over the campus. He says to come to the 
next reunion and be impressed. 

Bob Goodspeed said the school had 
come a long way since 1940. His leather 
company remains very active. In April he 
was invited to China to look at a very large 
shearline tannery (biggest and best in 
China) and spent three days visiting the 
tannery in the Henan Province and then 
one day in Beijing sightseeing Tiananmen 
Square, forbidden city and the great wall. 
He now represents this tannery in U.S.A., 
Canada and Mexico. It will mean a little 
more traveling but most of the selling will 
be done by fax, email and telephone. 

24 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

Jim Dodge's address has changed to 
Suite 401, 1400 Dixie Road, Mississcuga, 
Ontario, Canada E5E 3EI — telephone and 
fax 905-274-6675. He sends his best 
regards. George Stobie says this July he is 
flying to England and taking the QE2 up 
the coast going to the British Open, then 
to the Isle of Skye, Scotland. His wife is 
very British, you know. George will check 
on his family descendents in Edinborough. 
Sends his regards. 

Bill Torrey writes: "Both Joy and I 
wished very much to attend the Reunion, 
but as I have spinal stynosis (walking diffi- 
culty) I have become a couch potato. I'll try 
for the 65th or 70th (?). Bob Little and 
Jeanne attended, had a very good time and 
were treated magnificently. 'Too bad more 
of our class of '40 missed it,' Bob notes. 
'The campus has changed so much since 
1940 — and for that matter so has the 
world.'He says all is well." 


R.A. Little 

146 Fincks Basin Road 

Little Falls, NY 13365 

(315) 823-1662 

60th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

Richard Winckel reports: "After 
graduating GDA in 1941, 1 entered Texas A 
& M College (now University), where my 
major was mechanical engineering. As it 
was a military college, the army took the 
entire junior and senior classes in 1943 after 
which I saw service in WWII in both the 
European and Pacific theatres, returning to 
college in 1947, graduated in 1948. 1 
worked for a Louisiana pipeline operating 
company for 16 years until 1964, when a 
former boss asked me to come to S.E to 
work for the Bechtee Corporation, an 
engineering company which I did until I 
retired in 1982, at age 59. 1 have now been 
in S.E for 35 years and haven't regretted it." 


Seward E. Pomeroy 

29 Berwick Lane 

Worcester, MA 01602 

(508) 752-7469 

Always good to hear from Bob Harris 
on the west coast of Canada in Vancouver, 
British Columbia. Bob writes that he is "just 
about to return to Taiwan to oversee the 
moulds of our new 44-foot ocean cruising 
sailboat design being built by Tayana in 
Kaohsiung. After this job is finished, I am 
retiring to very light design research at 

home and maybe a book of my designs. Pat 
and I are taking a Mediterranean cruise this 
fall from Venice to Turkey and including 
Greece and more of Italy. We really need the 
R & R. I still keep in touch with my class- 
mates from the U.S. Merchant Marine 
Academy. It's fun to have this association." 

Ted and Joy Stitt joined Tom and 
Barbara Fenn for reunion activities at 
Governor Dummer this past spring. They 
were the only ones from our class joining 
the old guard back to Byfield. The Stitts 
had made their way north from Florida in 
the spring, and the Fenns came in their 
well-equipped motor home all the way 
from Green Valley, AZ. Subsequent to that, 
Ted wrote a card in response to my letter of 
July 7th regarding hobbies that his main 
interests along with those lines were in 
civic activities. And much of this centered 
on his work with various condos where he 
has lived. Ted has obviously enjoyed this 
over the years as he has held important 
posts in the associations, including being 
president. In his life-time work as a "head- 
hunter" these connections have been a 
good source to build a network for his job. 
In his retirement, this civic interest has 
"helped to keep me busy!" 

Finally from Stu Pomeroy: "My own 
main hobby of photography has kept me 
busy for many years. I began this interest 
about 1936 through a friend of mine in 
Worcester whose grandfather 'was a promi- 
nent architect in the city and had his own 
dark room in his house to supplement his 
hobby taking landscape photographs. When 
I was about to retire one of my sons gave 
me a book on how to get up a business in 
photography. So I began working on this 
until I realized that what I was building was 
exactly what I was about to escape from, 
namely business. So what I have ended up 
doing is taking pictures that I enjoy (which 
is pretty all-encompassing) and exhibiting 
them in museums and galleries around 
New England. This has been a good deal of 
fun and very satisfying, so I keep at it and 
generally have something of mine on dis- 
play somewhere most of the time. Cornie 
and I spent a month in Rhode Island in 
June and July and had the only 30 consecu- 
tive days of sunshine in this otherwise 
dismal- weather summer. We had our mail 
forwarded, and the only response I received 
from my letter to the class on hobbies 'was 
from Ted Stitt. I notice he put a first class 
stamp on the card, and possibly the postal 
service doesn't forward post cards with only 
20-cent stamps. If this should be why your 
card didn't reach me, my apologies. Send a 
card and write anything. Otherwise, I guess 
I'll just assume that no one is into hobbies. 
More to follow in the winter issue. 

Paul Morgan says: "Have just spent 
two weeks with my daughter visiting the 
Falksland and the Antartic Peninsula. Over 
one million penguins hatching an egg on 
stone nests. Also seals, icebergs, big and little 
birds, mountains of glaziers. Had lunch with 
Buster Navins. At 87 he's in great form. 
Very Sharp!" 


Benjamin B. Brewster 

88 Warren Avenue 

Plymouth, MA 02360 

(508) 746-1306 

benbrew@adelphia. net 

There was a disappointing reply to my 
plea for news. I know that about 15 of us 
are no longer here, but it seems that the 
remaining 43 have lost their pencils if not 
their marbles. Show me that you are still 
with it. Dick Hamilton writes that he is 
doing well after a bout with heart prob- 
lems. I hope it hasn't bothered the beautiful 
piano work that we all remember. Bob 
Wood and new frau are travelling east and 
west and, like the rest of us, ruing the loss 
of The Bull. He was supposed to last for- 
ever. Walt McGill ran into some kid from 
'51 , Fred Franzius, in the Mystic area 
who is in the preaching business. Walt is 
volunteering at Mystic and wants to see 
anybody as they go through the area. Bill 
Wiswall is one of the few of us still con- 
tributing to our Social Security. He is doc- 
toring a few days a week to keep the 
system solvent. He had a fun trip from 
Champlain down the Hudson and home to 
Plymouth in a Power Boat, the first one in 
60 years of boating. He says, "It was sur- 
prising to us to see people voluntarily 
swimming in the East River. I always 
thought that your toenails dissolved in that 
water. It did look nice, so the clean-ups 
really do work." Drop in and visit the 
campus if you can. There are changes, but 
the spirit is still the same. Cheers. 


Steven K. Kauffman 

137 Jefferson's Hundred 

Williamsburg, VA 23185-8910 

(757) 220-9013 

merlin @widomaker. com 

Ben Pearson says he's still around, but 
he missed the reunion glee club this year, 
because his granddaughter was graduating 
8th grade. "No contest," he says. 

Pinky Whitney says he was talking to 
his son, Randy '70, about Art Sager's ser- 
vice being held during their 30th reunion. 
Randy told him Howard J. Navins might 
be there! Would Pinky like to go? "By all 

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means!" He met "Uncle Buster" there and 
"was extremely fortunate to have a few 
words with him." Pinky showed him a 
photo he had taken of Buster at Camp 
Winona. "He called the year 1936 on the 
button! "They also recalled that Buster had 
nicknamed John "Pinky", a name that fol- 
lowed him to GDA five years later. '"Twas 
one of those great memories of life we all 
can enjoy. I was crying with happiness 
shaking his hand. His shirt, tie and jacket 
were perfectly matched and pressed... as 
always. What a prince of a man." 

summers on Cape Cod. He is still enjoying 
golf and having fun. 


Richard A. Cousins 

71 Federal Street 

Newhuryport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-4542 

Brad Alden writes: "For our 50th 
wedding anniversary (a bit previous — actual 
12/23/00), Sylvia and I hosted our children, 
grandchildren and spouses on a cruise to 
Bermuda from Boston. Great weather and a 
great cruise ship. Much enjoyed by all of 
us." Bill Hale writes: "This past June was a 
very eventful month for my wife, Shirlie, 
and me. We very proud grandparents — 
attended four graduations, three college and 
one high school. Also we had a great time at 
my 55th GDA reunion. Wonderful to see 
old friends again. Earlier this year our 
grandson Kevin's basketball team won state 
champion honors. Fun and exciting to 
watch." Don Palais reports: "The reunion 
was great fun! We had almost 50 percent of 
living members in attendance. The regulars 
were there: Dick Cousins, Lee Noyes, 
Irv Williamson, Sy Symonds, Bots 
Young, Paul Withington, Brad Roberts, 
Bill Hale, Keith Johnson, Bill Page and 
Warren Furth.The Page's cocktail party 
was superb with Bill's grandson serving the 
hors d'oeuvres. And, seldom seen faces like 
Ed Haynes, Ed Hubbard, Arch 
Kingsley and Jack Gillies showed up too. 
Among the missing: Stan Hamel confesses 
to a 'senior moment', Bo Jameson was in 
Europe, and Bob Steinert, Frank 
Hinckley and Lou Hamper were incapac- 
itated by illness." Irv Williamson sent in a 
card: "Ethel and I had a super trip to the 
Galapagos Islands earlier this year, and we 
celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in 
June. Our 55th reunion was heart-warming 
with so many in the class attending plus 
superior facilities and food." 

Frank Hinckley is enjoying retire- 
ment - winters in Sarasota, Florida and 

26 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 


George E. Duffy 

2332 Chrysanthemum Street 

Tucson, AZ 85737 

(520) 825-4710 

55th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 


Homer Ambrose 

5601 Seminary Road, #2205N 

Falls Church, VA 22041 

(703) 379-8011 

hambrose@erols. com 

Greetings from the South where it's 
okay to eat fried chicken with your fingers. 
At least that's what my mama taught me — 
and she was from Mississippi. While rum- 
maging through some old packing boxes, 
Marie found the commencement issue of 
The Archon dated June 1, 1946. Bish Peale 
won The Ingham Scholarship, Charlie 
McLaughlin got the Moody Kent prize 
for French, and Frank Thomas got the 
Moody Kent prize for math. Third prize for 
public speaking also went to Charlie 
McLaughlin. Jay Curtis was chosen to 
head the photographic board ofThe 
Archon. Brad Harlow, Al Hughes, and 
Bish Peale were on the business board. In 
sports, Belmont Hill beat the Governors in 
an 11 -inning thriller 5 - 4; Jack Deering 
had two doubles. Peter Sutton ran the 880 
relay where the Governors beat Methuen 
in track by 39 - 37. I'll report on lacrosse in 
the next issue. 

Joe Welch checked in with the news 
that he and Donna are leaving for Paris to 
attend the French Open — Donna's treat. 
Joe is celebrating his 25th year as a GDA 
trustee and plans to serve one more year. 
Joe reports that Bill Moyers spoke at com- 
mencement this year and that Jack 
Deering has finally retired to the links and 
courts. He also reports that Pete Sutton's 
nephew just graduated. 

Charlie McLaughlin writes: "We 
have had a pretty good year. Ann's novel, 
Maiden Voyage, came out in November 
1999. 1 sang in a men's chorus at the 
Library of Congress this fall to members of 
the Russian Duma. In September we go to 
Providence with college roommates." 

Honoring Jack Deering '47 

As reported in the fall issue of the 
Colby 'C Club Newsletter, a Colby 
College scholarship fund in honor of 
the retirement of John W. Deering 
'47 (Colby '55) of Falmouth, ME was 
created by his friends and colleagues. 
Deering has served the college as a 
trustee and member of many alumni, 
development, reunion and admission 
committees. In 1968, he and his wife, 
Anne, both received the Colby Brick 
Award for service to the college. 
Deering also was named the C Club 
Person of the Year in 1962 and received 
the Mariner Distinguished Alumnus 
Award in 1 994. Deering formerly was 
vice president of investment at Paine 
Webber in Portland. 

Jack Deering writes: "A couple of 
retirement parties were fun and closed the 
lid on my May 1 retirement in grand style. 
I'm in the process of figuring out what I'll 
be when I grow up — which will be never. 
Keeping up with the old cronies, playing a 
little tennis and golf- — will most likely wind 
up in another job down the line. Great visit 
with Buster and Fran Navins at their home 
in Massachusetts. We relived the good days 
of 1945-46-47 and all the glorious years he 
reigned supreme in South Byfield. How 
fortunate we were to have all those special 
masters in our lives. They made the differ- 
ence to so many of us." 

The First Annual Edward W. Rogers 
Memorial Golf Tournament was held on 
Wednesday, June 21, at the Poland Spring 
Golf Club. A few of his favorite things con- 
tributed to the success of the Tournament. 
Ed's family and friends enjoyed a day on 
the fairways at the club. During the awards 
dinner, a check for $15,000 was presented 
to Maine Children's Cancer Program. Ed Jr. 
noted his dad would have been pleased 
with and proud of the event. 

Norm Brown reports: "A quiet 
summer so far ... we can hardly knit two 
warm, sunny days in a row, which cuts 
down on my boating time with the family, 
who are 'sun worshipers.' My Chaparral 
deckboat is named Idyll Hours, but I didn't 
expect all those hours to be spent tied up at 
the dock! Marion and I had a great time 
on the Fourth with most of the family 
attending. We had 16 mouths to feed from 

the grill, from age two to 71 (that would be 
me). Played with the horseshoes, hula 
hoops, T-ball baseball, going to our beach, 
etc. While the grandchildren were hitting 
and chasing baseballs, I surreptitiously 
sneaked into the garage and turned on the 
underground sprinklers in their area. What a 
delightful upswell of squeals and laughter. 
The kids forgot the game and began 
chasing the sprays of water, getting soaked 
and loving every minute of it. Jack D. had 
his 71st birthday on July 6. 1 haven't heard 
from him lately but I assume he survived 
the ordeal. So far, Jack and his vivacious 
wife, Ann, have been unable to visit us 
because of their conflicting schedules. 
Hopefully, his 'free time' will be increasing 
and we can spend some "Idyll Hours" on 
the lake with mutual friends." 

Jim Knott reports that on August 12, 
1998, Riverdale Mills was charged by the 
EPA with unlawfully discharging overly 
acidic wastewater into the town's sewer 
system and the Blackstone River. Jim faced 
fines of up to $1.5 million and a six-year jail 
term. But Jim maintained his innocence. 
Nine months later, a federal judge dropped 
all charges for lack of evidence. Indeed, Jim's 
lawyers charge that EPA officials falsified the 
wastewater readings in an unsuccessful 
attempt to wrongly convict Jim of an envi- 
ronmental crime he says he did not 
commit. Jim and his team of lawyers and 
private investigators uncovered evidence 
they say shows that the sample allegedly 
implicating Jim in criminal pollution had 
been changed by EPA officials to show a 
lower reading. In April 1999, all charges 
against Jim were dismissed. Jim is now 
seeking compensation for all the trouble 
EPA caused him. "My expenses for wit- 
nesses, chemists and private detectives, an 
FBI handwriting expert, and four attorneys 
alone are $238,000 out of pocket. The idea 
that they falsified evidence was just beyond 
my imagination," Jim reports. More to 
follow on Jim vs. the Feds. In a harsh 
rebuke to the federal EPA's pursuit of crim- 
inal polluters, US District Court Judge 
Nathaniel Gorton has ruled the government 
unnecessarily harassed Jim and pursued a 
case against him even though it didn't have 
any credible evidence. The ruling by the 
judge follows complaints that criminal 
investigators working for the EPA have bul- 
lied people they were investigating and 
unfairly targeted small businesses for 
enforcement action. As a result of Gorton's 
decision, the government must pay $68,726 
to Jim for reimbursement of expenses and 
legal fees. In his decision, Gorton ruled not 
only that the government lacked evidence 
to prosecute Jim, but that it failed to reveal 
evidence that would have cleared him. The 

judge condemned the behavior of the 
investigators. Congratulations, Jim! 

John Heyl reports complete recovery 
from surgery and now playing tennis. John 
ran into Jim Soper the last week of July. 

Ed Tarbell '44 acknowledged receipt 
of a photo of his mom and my mom 
taken at the launching of USS Sea Robin 
at Portsmouth in May 1944. My mom 
sponsored the sub and Mrs. Tarbell was 
matron of honor. 

John Patterson says nothing new to 
report. He is still spending two hours a day 
as a crossing guard at Avon Middle/High 
School and does his exercising everyday as 
a Mall worker. 

That's the 30 for now. Stay trim. Live 
well. Best love to all. 


Robert C. Hill 

143 Hickory Lane 

Naugatuck, CT 06770-1724 

(203) 758-1458 

It would appear that a few more '48 
classmates are reading my mail asking for 
"class notes" because your response has 
been much better. Thank you. . .A special 
thanks to those from whom we have not 
heard in ages. This time Ted Long writes, 
"All is well as of 12:05 p.m. EDT on July 
25, 2000. No news, no excitement. . .Like 
watching the white clouds sail by in the 
blue. Waiting for my tomatoes to ripen. 
Best wishes and regards." I'll bet your toma- 
toes were great, Ted! Pete Houston and 
his wife Mannie went on their first ever 
Elderhostel that consisted of four days each 
in the four Scandinavian capitals. If you 
want to have some fun with friends drop 
Peter a note and have him send you his 
"DYR" roster of events (Do You 
Remember). He can be reached at 553 
Thomas Bransby Williamsburg, W\ 23185 
or (757) 564-9651 or storiesbyp@windo- Web Kitchell is enjoying 
retirement in Santa Fe, NM. Despite a 
touch of Parkinson's he's living a relaxed 
life, due some to innate laziness he says. His 
third book in the "Coyote" series is to be 
published this fall, all by Skinner House 
(Unitarian) . He also did a series of talks at 
Unitarian Summer Institute in Oklahoma. 
Now he and his wife Nancy are off to visit 
grandchildren in Portland and Seattle. 

Ash Eames managed to play at a 
national father and son tennis tournament 
at the Longwood Club in Chestnut Hill, 
MA. His son, Ned, has established a major 
tennis/academics inner city program in 
Boston. Congratulations to your son, Ash, 
and to you for still being in good enough 
condition to play. Houghton Carr and his 

wife have been very busy traveling to 
Europe, England, and St. Croix. They sail in 
their 32-foot ketch whenever the weather 
permits. They are enjoying condo living, 
and also their five grandsons! Believe it or 
not I can't even step into the State of Maine 
without my good friend Phil Gemmer 
finding out about it. . .some pipeline, Phil. 
My family was up at Popham Beach, ME 
(according to Phil) for a Hill Family 
Reunion with my brother Dr. Bill Hill '42 
and his family early in July. Wonderful time 
and the weather was perhaps the best it was 
all summer. After Phil took me to task for 
not calling him while we were there, he 
wrote that he has been very busy boating, 
fishing and socializing. That means you're 
having fun, Phil. Keep it up! 

Bob Skeele says, "I retired in 
November and we moved to Old 
Saybrook, CT. We are really enjoying the 
town, and being on South Cove a mile as 
the gull flies from Saybrook Point. Lots of 
music and other activities in Saybrook and 
surrounding small towns. In March I began 
a dance of sorts with melanoma. Removed 
in '99, it returned requiring surgery and 
now chemotherapy at Yale. Prognosis is 
fairly good, but melanoma is tricky. I just 
bought a dingy and am building a small 
dock, with future fleet additions to come? 
In June '99 Nancy and I spent six days in 
Normandy with my cousin's British war 
veterans group, observing the 55th anniver- 
sary of the D-Day invasion. In all, we went 
to five memorial services. Some had 4,000 
people and big bands. At one, just our 
group of 50 on a lonely beach, with 
speeches, and then Nancy on the piccolo 
leading singing, "God Save the Queen". 
After we emerged into the warm sunshine 
from the US Paratroop Museum in St. 
Mere Eglisc, Nancy stood under the 
American flag and spontaneously played the 
"Star Spangled Banner". People gathered 
and stood quietly. . .quite a feeling. Those 
who've been to the American Cemetery 
above Omaha Beach will agree, I think, that 
it is beautiful and awesome. The brothers of 
Private Ryan (Cpt. Fritz Niland in real life), 
lie next to each other, not too many feet 
away from General Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. 

Bill Quatrocchi writes from 2640 
Devon Court, Defray Beach, FL 33445, 
(561) 638-3677, Fax: (561) 638-5663. Bill 
says, "Hope you are enjoying your summer 
weather. I miss swimming in the icy-cold 
ocean waters off the Cape and Nantucket 
and eating freshly caught lobsters and 
steamers at picnics on the beach. Days of 
old! Now, though, I'm very happy with 
much warmer water and air temperatures 
here in southeast Florida. The only current 
news I have for you is that Portia and I plan 

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to travel to Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, 
Hong Kong and Bali in October. We still 
love to travel and explore despite health 
problems, which include bad lungs; among 
other less troubling aches and pains. . .from 
which I'm sure all of us vintage '48ers 
suffer. Truly, I give thanks every morning 
just to be alive. With kind regards to you 
and all my other fellow 1948 classmates." 
Received a card and all it said was 
"KITYK?" signed "ROCK". It took me a 
while to figure out the questioner was 
Dave Rock. (Bill Quatrocchi was called 
the Rock at school and that's what threw 
me off). Sorry, I can't tell you now, ROCK, 
you will just have to go back into those 
Maine woods and ponder the letters a bit 
longer. (I am not sure but I believe Dave 
worked for the Maine Forestry 
Service).... KITYK... 


Thomas R. Emery 

312 Rookwood Drive 

Charlotte, VA 22903 

(804) 977-8763 

tgemery@cstone. net 

Greetings to all of you on this momen- 
tous election year. Before I go into the 
results of our presidential poll, I want to 
relate the results of the first Vermont Maple 
Syrup Classic. The event was played at Irv's 
golf club in Manchester, VT There were 
two teams — Arch and I verses Irv and 
Manson.The wives (Carol, Gale,Tora and 
Alison) were invited to play but opted for 
the challenges of comprehensive shopping. 
The match played with appropriate handi- 
capping. Irv, of course, had the lowest, but 
in reality, should have been even lower. It 
was all very highly contested with some 
white knuckled, crucial putts dominating 
the outcome. Alias! Irv, the magician, 
employed all his wile skills and at the last 
hole pulled a par out of his. . .and his team 
triumphed. Since there was no official vic- 
tory cup, these class notes will have to suf- 
fice for now as the acknowledgement of 
the IRV/Manson team triumph in the first 
Vermont Maple Syrup Classic. Next year 
we hope many more classmates will join in! 
Oh yes, the postscript to this event is classic 
Grossman. Irv says, "Golf can be a game of 
inches, but at the VMS Classic (Arch, Tom 
Emery, Manson Hall and I) most of the 
shots didn't travel that far. No one broke 
par but they broke lots of clubs. The course 
survived but all underground creatures sur- 
rendered. Film at 11." 

Jake Brown wrote from East Orleans, 

28 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

Tlie Class of 1949 Vermont Maple Syrup Classic 
players at the Manchester, VT Golf Club: Manson 
Hall, Irv Grossman, Tom Emery and Arch des Cognats 

. . . and the celebration dinner (left foreground, clock- 
wise): Gale Emery, Arch des Cognats, Alison Hall, Tom 
Emery, Tora Grossman, Manson Hall, Carol des 
Cognats, Irv Grossman 

MA, "How about 9:00 tomorrow - golf- 
I'm ready." John Canepa reported, "Just 
returned from Italy. I am a trustee of John 
Cabot University located in Rome." Bill 
Chamberlin wrote, "Not much going on 
these days. Betsy and I enjoyed a sumptuous 
lunch with Helen and Terry Pike in June 
at their home in Vermont. All seems well in 
that corner. I did a little fishing in Terry's 
trout pond - caught one 14"er. Am playing 
some golf and mowing the lawn." Arch des 
Cognets also wrote, "We have been back in 
the US since late May. Have attended 
reunions at Cornell and visited kids at their 
homes and at ours on the Cape. Am only 
just recovering from the Vermont Maple 
Syrup Golf Classic. Next year we should 
have more participants. Irv Grossman was 
a fabulous host." Manson Hall reports, 
"Alison and I finally retired to Chatham 
(Cape Cod) and enjoyed a mild winter and 
pleasant spring. We spent a month in Rome 
this summer — walking the city to museums, 
ruins and the many cafes and restaurants. We 
had a small apartment just off the Campo 
d'Tiore (for those who know Rome). It's a 
marvelous city, expensive but wonderful 
food and people. Now we're back in the 
Cape having spent a few days in Vermont 
trying to play golf (and failing) with Irv 
Grossman, Tom Emery and Arch des 

Allen Hollis reports, "This summer I 
am writing lectures for a class I will teach 
this fall and winter for the Florida Atlantic 
University Adult Education program. The 
topic is comparative religions from both an 
overview and thematic perspectives. The 
school has been looking for three years for 
a course in religion and I lucked out." Phil 
Hopkins brings us up-to-date: "I'm afraid I 
don't have much to talk about these days. I 
had back surgery last February and while 
the operation did relieve most of my lower 
back pain, my legs are still very weak. I go 
to physical therapy three times a week and 
this is about the extent of my activities. 
Hope you are in good health and enjoying 
the summer." Kim Page tells us, "Maine 
house is complete. Gardens in and doing 
well. It has become a showplace of sorts 
(according to the developer). Several wed- 
dings and as expected, 52 summer/fall 
guests are keeping us busy." Gordon Price 
wrote, "Recovery from an auto accident - 
had to have a fusion between 4th and 5th 
vertebrae — everything going well." 

Mansfield Smith's wife, Linda, provided 
his news. "Manse is spending the summer 
trying to reduce his surgical practice and 
increase his hunting and fly fishing! Most 
weekends he can still be found throwing 
practice casts off the pier at Fallen Leaf 
Lake near Lake Tahoe, or tossing bumpers 
for new Pointer puppy, Gryffinnoor. August 
will take us to Irwin, ID for some fishing 
and birding along the Snake Paver. 
Mansfield is a Bushie, but wishes he had 
invented the Internet. Bye for now." 

Rick Tyler reports, "We are currently 
in our summer home in Ogunquit, ME. We 
will be here until the middle of October 
except for September when we go to hike 
the Dolomites in Italy and then to England 
to do the Cotswolds. Our address is 16 
Greenneedle Lane, Ogunquit, ME 03907, 
P.O. Box 511, (207) 646-6490. Pete Statler 
reports from the 50th state: "Life in the 
beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii continues 
to be wonderful. Brenda has the fun job as 
starter at Poipy Bay golf course — home of 
the 'grand slam' of golf." Leonard Johnson 
shares his travels with us, "Our activities: 
greatly enjoying our Audacha, Au in 
Chincoteague,VA and may well use it for 
retirement if that day ever comes. I remain 
busy with consulting work with trips to 
Alaska to write a proposal for scientific 
drilling in the Bering Strait and one to the 
Kola Peninsula in Russia for chlorine risk 
assessment of a water facility. Sirpa con- 
tinues to unravel the causes of our unpre- 
dictable climate on a decadal scale. Finally, a 
cool wet summer instead of the normal hot 
dry conditions." 

MY input: "Gale and I spent our 
summer travelling between San Diego, 
Tanglewood Music Festival, Vermont, 
Marblehead (MA) viewing the Tall Ships, 
Maine and Cape Cod in Chatham at our 
old family summer home. We saw a lot of 
the Halls and des Cognets." 

Now for the Presidential Poll: 
Buchanan 0, Bush 20, Gore 6 and Nader 1. 
It will be interesting to compare this with 
the real thing! (For the record - these num- 
bers were received up to September 22nd). 
Thank you to those who participated in 
both the poll and in sending interesting 
updates! It makes for an informative Archon 
reading. Until the next issue - 


Alan F Flynn 

1 Katherine Road 

Rehoboth,MA 02769-1938 

(508) 252-6482 

Fax: 508-252-5411 

Send it in! 

The next deadline for news is 
February 15. 

Send class notes to 

The Great Class of 1950 continues to 
set records and to amaze those observing 
the level of spirit exuded by all members. 
Not everyone who wanted to be a part of 
the 2000 Reunion in Byfield was able to 
be there. Willy Nordwind had planned to 
go and had reserved a room at the Essex 
House but unexpected events caused a 
change in plans. "I had two horrific health 
years in 1998 and 1999 and operations in 
both years which were successful. 
Accordingly after the second operation I 
decided to retire effective September 30, 
1999 and except for one case I have had to 
retain I am concentrating on golf, bicycling 
and reading good books. I was in 
Swampscott on family business in May and 
then went to Albany, NY to visit with my 
daughter Julie and two grandchildren. We 
will be in Michigan for two weeks (we sold 
our house in Kalamazoo this March) taking 
care ofTekla's grandchildren from June 
23rd-July 6th and then will spend two 
months in Santa Fe, NM escaping the 
Arizona heat. We have no current plans to 
come east of Michigan and really enjoy 
retirement in Scottsdale,AZ. Sorry to learn 
of Art Sager's passing. Unfortunately none 
of us are getting any younger. I am sorry 
that I missed his memorial service." 

Tim Greene's June letter explained 
the class scholarship fund and recognized 
Dick McCoy's magnificent gift to GDA. 
Tim has been an outstanding class presi- 
dent and will continue to lead the way. 
Also, we should recognize Michelle Kunz 
for the tremendous job she did of meeting 
with us to organize reunion events, helping 
us to see that change isn't all bad and 
guiding us through those special days we 
spent on the campus. 

The first card back after my late June 
letter was from Dave Esty. "TheYesair 
Family Catering Service at the class dinner 
and Dave's recognition as GDA's Alumnus 
of the Year were so impressive and 
touching." Dave received an email from 
Phil Long who is "recovering from a 
broken femur and receiving prosthetic 
implants for cancer, doing a lot of biking." 
Dave and Phil were counselors at a boys' 
camp in Maine during GDA summers. 

From Rick Greenwood: "My hat's off 
to all who made our 50th a wonderful 
occasion. Special thanks to theYesair off- 
spring. Each event of the weekend was 
spectacular including Sunday Brunch and 

the Cushman boat tour. Let's do it again!" 
How about June 2005 for our 55th Rick. 
Rick included a page (41) from the New 
Yorker, June 5, 2000 entitled Reunion 

Peter Gavian doesn't waste a minute. 
"Roundtripped to Bermuda by sail 6/13- 
6/27 without a mutiny or walking the 
plank. Two days of 24 knot winds, ran out 
of ice both legs, almost ran out of water 
when pressure in the tank burst causing 
water pump to pump ship's tanks into 
bilge. Went skinny-dipping in Gulf Stream." 
So much for quiet retirements. 

"The Class of '50 did it again!" wrote 
Dick Patton. "We were outstanding when 
we graduated 50 years ago. We exceeded 
that in June. It was a wonderful experi- 
ence." In September Dick is off to travel by 
boat on canals and rivers in France and 
then 10 days in the Lake District of 
Northern Italy. Next is ski season. "Good 
thing about getting older is the senior dis- 
count for a season pass on the slopes." 

Bob Comey wants to remind all that 
one of the byproducts of the class yearbook 
is an email list he has created. He can get 
news out quickly when needed and wants 
to add more names. Let him hear from you 
at "Sallie and I 
thoroughly enjoyed the reunion. It was a 
wonderful experience, especially in rekin- 
dling friendships from as long ago as 1947. 1 
was particularly glad that Buster and Fran 
Navins were able to attend. However, I must 
take issue with Al Flynn s hyperbole in his 
June 26 letter. I did NOT produce the year- 
book "single-handedly." Many others were 
involved and they're listed on the last page. I 
thought it would be a simple task but real- 
ized early on 1) that I knew next to nothing 
about desktop publishing and graphics and 
2) that questionnaires are often filed away 
and sometimes forgotten. However, I 
emerged still sane and still married." 

"The 50th reunion of our Class of 
1950 was fantastic," according to Art 
Withington. "We are truly fortunate to 
have such an active class. Members of sev- 
eral other classes commented on our spirit 
and enthusiasm compared to their own 
classes. Dave Yesair's family dinner was 
unsurpassed. They deserve great credit. Bob 
Cushman's family, including his son, also 
made the reunion unforgettable. See you in 
2005." Charlie Bowen says "the 50th was 
truly a great weekend with many hoorays 
for both the Yesairs and the Cushmans. 
Such personal events made the weekend 
extra special." Charlie and Calvine were off 
to Turkey at the end of August for 5 days 
followed by a 14 day cruise from Istanbul 
to Monte Carlo with lots of side excur- 
sions, then 4 days in France. 

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lass notes 

I imposed upon Bill Fletcher for 

advice regarding my Dad's stamp collection. 
The result was a wonderful day in 
Osterville on Cape Cod, including lunch 
and an escorted tour of the area. Following 
that encounter, I met Bill at the national 
philatelic exhibition held in Providence in 
August. Bill had seen Tim Greene singing 
at a fundraiser in Falmouth and said that 
Tim's next singing gig was to be in 
London. What a talented class we have. 

A recent card from Bob Cushman 
told of "an enjoyable evening with Bob and 
Sallie Comey at Sebasco Harbor Resort in 
Maine recalling reunion events and old 
times and friends. Sallies summer family 
home is nearby. Bob deserves many acco- 
lades on his heroic efforts producing the 
yearbook. I particularly enjoyed the 
Gavian/Starbird presentation and playing 
the Olde Newbury Golf Course again after 
50 years. Diane and I were pleased to have 
the Sunday Brunch and wished more were 
able to be there." Bob noted that he and 
Tim Greene did battle on the tennis court 
after all had departed. "He edged me out!" 
No word from Dave Yesair. The family 
may have him playing catch-up. It could 
take quite a while. I'm off for three weeks 
in China. Emi doesn't want that kind of 
trip, so I'll be joined by a former teaching 
colleague whose wife agrees with Emi. 


Fred H. Barrows 

123 Hope Street 

Bristol, RI 02809 

(401) 254-1909 

Howard "Bud" Reith (deceased) 

50th Class Reunion 

June .8, 9, 10, 2001 

Thanks 50! No, not wishful thinking 
about our age, but our 50th Reunion fast 
approaching in June, 2001! Although he is 
sometimes difficult to locate, I talked with 
our President, George (McGregor that is), 
as well as Dave Pope, Bill Atwell and 
others, and we agreed to mount an "all 
court press" to get everyone back! By the 
time you read this in the Archon, you will 
have heard more directly about this world 
class event of Olympic magnitude. 

In the meantime, one of our regular 
contributors, Dave Bullock, philosophies, 
"It must be true, time flies by when you are 

having fun." He adds a constructive note 
that has been voiced by others, "won't make 
the 51st, if we have to sleep on those beds 
on Pierce 1." Note — we will be offering 
alternate accommodations. Dave is not 
retired, "as the investment counseling busi- 
ness is thriving, still challenging, and always 
educational, as well as humbling." He bought 
a house in West Falmouth last May, so he 
must be planning ahead. "Visitors welcome." 

George Kirkham sent a cryptic note, 
"I plan to be at our 50th." 

On another note, Wes Muddle 
reports "Marge and I are still doing the 
same old thing — running the boat marina 
and insurance business." They have five 
grandchildren (two in Florida and three 
near White Plains, NY) which "keep us 
busy when we see them "which is not often, 
good or bad?" 

Bill Atwell sent a barely legible post 
card saying he was tooling around the hills 
ofWest Virginia on his Harley. Gina was 
smart enough not to make this good trip. 

Fred Hobbs attended the Republican 
National Convention in Philadelphia — "A 
great experience." "The security was unbe- 
lievable. Philadelphia has undergone a true 
Renaissance." (As these notes are being 
written almost a month later, we still don't 
know the outcome of the election! Bush 
needed to win Pennsylvania, Fred — what 
went wrong?) Further, Fred reports his 
oldest son, Chris, passed the Bar and is 
working in Pottsville as an associate with 
the Chairman of the Pa. Liquor Board. 
Also, "He was married a few days ago to 
the daughter of the present State Senator, as 
politics runs deep in the family. No 
thoughts of retirement, because I love what 
I'm doing. I am the last of a dying breed in 
my solo practice, but it is tremendously 

Peter Whitney was sorry to learn of 
the loss of classmate Bud Reith and 
reminded about "wild, illicit weekends in 
Boston." After GDA Peter went to Williams 
and then University of Rochester Medical 
School, followed by General Surgical resi- 
dency at Dartmouth Hospitals. Peter then 
moved to Tucson for two years in Public 
Health service, using his commission 
recently at rank ob. Became clinical pro- 
fessor at University of Arizona, teaching res- 
idents until 1992, moved to Sierra Vista and 
practiced G.S. 1989-1994, then a civil ser- 
vant for the Army 1994-1999. He is now 
retired. He and wife Sally have been mar- 
ried since 1955, have four children and four 
grandchildren and live on the family ranch. 

Mansfield Fulton Yancy,Jr. '54 on his 66th birthday 
last May. 

Skis, backpacks, travels and reads trash. 
"Have had two cancers and don't need any 
more." Off to Ireland this fall. 

Dave Pope and I have been discussing 
the 50th at length. His note states, "We will 
have a great 50th if everyone comes — spread 
the word! He, also, reports having a great 
time with seven grandchildren in Africa. The 
Husseys visited in June and the Bistanys 
went to Tanglewood in August. Everyone 
"looking forward to next year's 50th!" 

Dick Bittner checks in with, "con- 
tented retirement". Like many of us he 
attended his 45th reunion at Trinity 
College in June. Also, he had a ride in a 
WWIIB-17 bomber and went to Cheyene 
Frontier Days, the largest outdoor rodeo in 
the country. 

Subsequent to the writing of these 
class notes it was learned that Dick Bittner 
died of liver cancer on December 1, 2000. 
His love of life and warm friendship will be 
missed by all. 

Can You Help? 

We are looking for copies of Heb Evans' 
book Lacrosse Fundamentals for our 
library's collection. If you have a copy you 
would consider donating, please contact: 
Mary E. Leary 

Director of Library Services, Pescosolido Library • 978-499-3329 

30 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 


Franklin E. Huntress 

5C Independence Way 

Glover Landing 

Marblehead, MA 01945 

(781) 631-4785 

Reunion plans will fire up next year 
for us all, and let us all make firm plans to 
come to Byfield in June. Telephone calls 
will be made to us all, and I do not take 
"no" easily, being in the church line! GDA 
does reunions well with plenty of food, 
spirits, and activities there for us all to revel 
in. Believe me, the trip made will be most 
pleasurable; as we are all retired now, be sure 
to mark the date — the second weekend in 
June, 2002! 

I was most unhappy to learn of John 
Murdock's death, but the memories of his 
life abound with us all. One I can recall 
easily when I was in London: J.J. was the 
"overseas reporter" for a New York firm, we 
were having a drink and supper at the 
Anchor Pub, Bankside, over his latest report 
from "Our Man in London" to New York. 
J.J. looked at the setting sun over St. Paul's 
Cathedral and asked, "Is that the west?" I 
told him that if it wasn't, he had one hell of 
a story for New York! -J.J. for you, 
D.M.A.G! SABU, are you really in charge 
of the GDA hockey program? Quim and I 
will hold you up on the ice!!! 

Barry Gately writes: I continue to go 
downhill. My stress test I flunked like an 
Uncle Mort test on MacBeth. My cardiac 
cathelerigation test was even worst. 5 
blocks-4 (100%) 1 90% - sounds like finals 
in June. But even better the heart culture 
says I am a bad candidate for open heart. 
My lungs not my weight. So we are recon- 
vening on August 8 with him. My cardiac 
doc says it must be done and done quickly 
or I will not make the 50th. I am not 
enjoying this. The Sager service at the 
school was very impressive. I didn't care for 
the Alumni Glee Club because I didn't like 
the choice of songs. Service great. The 
Sager girls (Frieda and the three daughters) 
are taking very good care of me. I am in 
San Diego with the kids on Saturday to 
World Games. 

Howard Quimby says: "You are up 
to date on the railroad and you know that I 
will be at the reunion 2002 (God willing). 
You may or may not wish to note my new 
internet address:" John 
Sellstrom reports: "Still in the law practice 
with my son Stephen. Also I remain the 
Council of Sweden for Western New York 
and a trustee of a foundation called the 
Johnson Foundation. We travel a great deal 
and enjoy our seven grandchildren six of 
whom live close by. My wife Carole is the 
Executive Director of the Johnson 

Foundation and we soon will be celebrating 
our 42nd anniversary." Rib Smythe says: 
"Recently added a Florida room and deck 
to our house which has become a real bird 
sanctuary. Planning on being at our 50th. 
Hope that all that can will! They throw 
quite a party. Give me a job." 

The Phantom writes: I didn't see you 
at Reumon. As always they did a great job. 
It looks like the new head will do a great 
job once Peter lets him. I love being in the 
east — someday I will call and let you buy 
lunch. I assume the people in the office like 
Moonves gives you a big expense account. 


William C. Pinkham 

760 Meadow Circle 

Estes Park, CO 80517 

(970) 586-0992 

sbpinkham @aol. com 

Hard to believe summer's over, but we 
have news from several of our classmates. 
Jack Clifford wrote: "I attended the 
memorial service for Art Sager at the 
school in June and looked around for a 
familiar face. Guess what? Over 65, we all 
look alike. The school looks great, but really 
jogs the memory." A note from Joe Hill: 
"Picked up my Medicare Card in March, 
bought a boat in April, and moved to 
Tucker Anthony (Boston based old line 
brokerage firm) from First Union Securities 
in May. All are well. Hope you guys are! 
Life looks good-Cheers!" 

Donald Tracy writes, "We have had a 
busy year. After the busiest income tax 
season ever, we left for Budapest to visit our 
daughter and her husband, living for a 
while in their "flat." What a wonderful city. 
So much to see with a cruise up the 
Danube and full meals for a mere $4 
including famous Czech beers. Also on our 
itinerary was a drive from France (visiting 
close friends), over the Alps (stopped by 
snow at the Furkapas where we loaded our 
car on a train through the mountain), into 
Germany and on to Vienna. Also enjoyed a 
visit to Bratislava where we met up with 
some friends. 

"To top off our international life, we 
have enjoyed the visit of a friend from 
Singapore. Currently have Eunika, whose 
family we met in Slovakia. She is with us 
for the summer, quickly learning English 
(especially fun with our strange idioms). 
Shortly will have with us Sergei & Svetlana 
who come for their first visit from St. 
Petersburg, Russia. We have enjoyed such 
global friends and enjoy our visits with 
them. Life is interesting, even at 65! 

When they return from Budapest, my 
daughter will join me in the tax business. I 

have clients in as many states from Maine to 
Florida and to California. We are as easy to 
reach as the local H&R Block. . . I spe- 
cialize in problems with the IRS; so if 
anyone is tossing and turning at night, send 
me an email at" 

Phil Smith met with Parker Field 
for lunch up in the wilds of Michigan and 
reports: "The ' 53 sub-reunion in a word - 
GREAT! We both agreed that neither has 
changed much at all. The past 47 years have 
had little impact other than some won- 
derful memories. It was wonderful reac- 
quainting myself with Parker and meeting 
Andy (Parker's wife) for the first time - a 
lovely person. No surprises surrounding the 
five children represented around the table, 
and we each agreed that we each did a 
good job in the "bringing up" category 
during difficult times. Commitments were 
made to attend the '03 reunion and to acti- 
vate our classmates to do the same. All in 
all, it was a memorable luncheon." Phil 
won't divulge who bought lunch. . . 

A note from Suzy Abuza in response 
to Phil Smith's comment that he was the 
only member of '53 to sing in the Glee 
Club so that he could attend the dances 
following the joint concerts: "Actually, the 
late Charlie Abuza also sang in the Glee 
Club and he couldn't carry a tune in a 
basket." She suspects that Art had many 
others too, but says Charlie actually was a 
very good dancer. . . maybe learned from 
his Glee Club days. 

Finally. . .Sue and I are having a ball in 
Estes Park. We're fully acclimated to life at 
8,000 feet and thoroughly enjoying this 
mountain paradise. We're not fully 
unpacked yet (probably never will be). We 
work as volunteers in Rocky Mountain 
National Park two days a week, lots of 
hiking and getting our place ready for 
winter. Haven't met a grouch here yet. Lots 
of wildlife (the four-legged kind), with elk 
and deer in our yard daily. If you want a 
view of what life is like in the high 
country, check out Estes Park or Rocky 
Mountain National Park on the web. You'll 
want to join us. Hope the world is treating 
you well. Best wishes to all. 


Michael Smith 

7432 Old Maple Square 

McLean, VA 22102 

(703) 883-9506 

mike@globalusainc. com (Business) 

Bob Abbott writes from Chatham, 
where he's recovering from a long weekend 
with the six grandchildren, that he's still 
able to lift a tennis racquet and swing a golf 

The Archon — Winter 2000-0 1 31 

class notes 

club. The "Lug" will be going to New 
Mexico in September to bow hunt and 
then to London to sing with 1000 others at 
Prince Albert Hall. Dave Crockett signs in 
from Glen Ellen, CA. Dave works in San 
Francisco as a stock broker with First 
Security Van Kasper, when Sue and he 
aren't traveling. They have a combined 
family of six children who are all grown 
and on their own. Dave says he would wel- 
come a call (tel 415-954-8305 or 707-996- 
9369) from GDAers visiting the Bay area. 
Dick Michelson wrote that he greatly 
enjoyed being back at GDA for the Art 
Sager Memorial Concert and seeing old 
friends there. Dick continues his moun- 
taineering exploits, traveling throughout the 
world, and living in the great Northwest. 

Noel Posternak has been named 
Chairman of the Board of Parametric 
Technology Corporation, a leading provider 
of collaborative product commerce (CPC) 
services on the Internet. Congratulations, 
Noel! Alan Webber sent a brief note that 
all is well with him. John Nash wrote ear- 
lier this summer that a new grandson has 
kept his wife and him very busy. John said 
scheduling difficulties at the last minute 
made it impossible to attend our 45th 
Reunion but he is definitely planning to be 
with us for the 50th. John Raymer 
emailed his life history since 1954! While 
too long for fit it all in The Archon — the 
highlights were that John will extend his 
39-year career at Northwestern Mutual, 
that Mary Lou and he will take more time 
to travel, and that they will continue their 
annual pilgrimages to France. The Raymers 
have two sons and a three-year-old grand- 
child, Kwin. John writes that he had a 
grand bash for his 65th birthday, that he 
looks back with gratitude at his years at 
GDA, and that he would love to hear from 
any 54er at 610-688-6547 or at E-mail 

Ellsworth Getchel writes that after 
three years with the 82nd Airborne, five 
years at Tufts and UMass, and four years 
with a power utility, he became a pilot with 
TWA for nearly 30 years as a Captain on 
TWA's domestic routes. "Getch" pursues his 
aviation interests by rebuilding Hawker Sea 
Fury planes and engines and flying in air 
shows around the US and Canada. Maybe 
Getch can fly in to our 50th! Your Class 
Secretary remains busy overseeing the 
reconstruction of his house which was 
badly damaged by fire in November. He 
has started a new venture, Cantabs, Inc., 
which is an international trade and invest- 

32 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 

ment consulting firm in McLean, VA. If you 
need any help in international commerce, 
give him a ring (703-883-9506). 


George O. Gardner 

53 Woodbury Lane 

Acton, MA 01720 

(978) 263-3052 

gardner.g@adlittle. com 

We had a great turnout for our 45th 
reunion. Sixteen classmates along with 
wives attended a wonderful cocktail party 
and dinner at Dan and Betsy Leary's 
home in Byfield. Thanks Learys. Classmates 
in attendance were Phil Angell, Chris 
Beebe, Dave Brainerd, Chuck Fogarty, 
Bill Friend, George Gardner, Pete 
Haendler, Dan Leary, Jack Pallota, 
Pete Scott, Bill Spence, Bill Stone, 
Roger Tompkins, Bowen Tucker, 
Albert Wende, and Fred Young. We also 
had a few special guests at the dinner; 
Frieda Sager and her children Perry, Elly, 
and Jean, Peter Sutton '47, Peter Bragdon, 
and former master Morton Hooper with 
his wife Betty Eames. After leaving GDA, 
the Hoopers taught in England for a few 
years and then at Tabor Academy for more 
than 10 years. They now live in England. I 
understand others, including Fred 
Scribner, were at GDA on Saturday. 
Bernie Michals had planned to attend the 
reunion but became ill. I hope all is well 
now. I wish more of you could have 
attended the reunion. It's amazing how after 
45 years conversations start up as if they had 
been left off just a few weeks ago. Please 
send news and come to our next reunion. 

Fred Young reports that he visited 
with Colin Curtis on one of his business 
trips to Bermuda. Bill Spence enjoys his 
speedboat on Narragansett Bay. He 
promised me a ride. I'll let all of you know 
how that works out. Bruce Macgowan 
has retired from hospital work. He is now 
heavily involved in church activities 
including choir, grounds maintenance, and 
support of a youth group. Bruce says he was 
greatly saddened by Art Sager 's death..." He 
was a basic part of my life - I used what I 
had learned from him throughout my life." 
Bruce will try to attend next year's reunion. 
Tony Marquis writes that he will attend 
our 50th reunion. Bill Durrell reports he 
is living in Brownsburg, Quebec with his 
Quebecois wife and after 10 years of retire- 
ment has started a business making tables 
the old fashion way using 100-year-old 

pine boards. He says, like the Abaco Journal, 
this venture has gotten too busy. He 
promises to attend our 50th Reunion! 
Richard Bailey retired 12/30/99. He 
bought a canoe and plans to do much pad- 
dling on Long Island and in Vermont. 


James Dean 

P.O.Box 186 

South Berwick, ME 


(207) 384-9184 

45th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

Dick Bartlett says that he is busy in 
retirement. He operates a 40-acre farm and 
vineyard. He skis 80 days of the year, bikes, 
and boats. He bow hunts in the fall. He 
travels to Key West each April, and last 
December he spent two weeks in Cuba. 
One of his sons is a ski instructor at 
Killington and the other is a director in 
New Hampshire. Bob Conklin says that 
he has no plans to retire from the book 
publishing business but he does take 10 
weeks off a year. Five weeks are spent in his 
adopted vacation spot, Italy, and the other 
five at his beach house in Oregon, visiting 
his kids in California, and hiking. 

Jim Dean imparts a thank you for 
reading and responding to his class letter 
and for the notes. We are eager to form up 
a Reunion Committee and gather some 
ideas, but we need volunteers. Chuck 
Duncan states that he has retired after 37 
years in independent school teaching and 
administration. He had 31 years at Milton, 
five years at Lawrence Academy and one 
year in Jamaica. Now Rennie and he five 
six months in West Falmouth, MA and six 
months in the Bahamas. Joe MacLeod 
writes that he would like to assist on the 
Reunion Committee but only with the 
help of others. He is still working, is healthy 
and active. He is eager to buy a boat if a 
classmate knows of one. Gordon Martin 
in his letter to me seconds what Rey felt in 
his response. Retirement and travel are ours 
now so obligations to visit the children are 
not so important. Gordon visited France in 
1958 and had a fine experience. 

Tony Miller writes that he has just 
become fully retired. He wants contact with 
others of the class. He is interested in next 
year's Reunion, and he wants to return to 

the U.S. for it. Rey Moulton writes that 
he has just happily passed his annual phys- 
ical exam and his heart transplant is 
working fine. He does not feel obliged to 
spend excessive vacation time with his kids. 
Latham Nichols reports that the Black 
Fly Swatter has now consumed 4,906 flies, 
but is looking weary from the use. He con- 
tinues to operate his small equipment repair 
shop and simply enjoy the company of his 
five grandchildren. 


Lyman A. Cousens 

4 Goodhue Road 

Boscawen, NH 03303 

(603) 796-6446 

shcnhlyman @yahoo. com 

John Keller is retired and living in 
Vero Beach and Okeechobee, Florida. 
Franco Derba says: "First of all I must 
apologize for my unforgivable silence for so 
many years. I would indeed be very happy 
to have news from my classmates of almost 
half a century ago. My email address is:" 


Ralph E.Ardiff 

238 Conant Street 

Danvers, MA 01923 

(978) 774-3336 

rardiff@ardijfandmorse. com 

As might be expected after our world- 
record 19 classmates reporting in for the 
Spring, 2000 Archon, the Class of 1958 has 
gone somewhat reticent. NufFWithington 
reported that he had nothing to say — same 
job, same wife, same house, same mediocre 
baseball team (the Yakima Bears) and same 
restaurant (Locke-Ober's). Nuffwill have 
one small change in December, 2000 with 
the arrival of his second grandchild. 
However, the promise of a free hot dog at a 
Yakima Bears baseball game, brought news 
from Peter Smith. He reports that his life 
has become quite complicated. After the 
demise of U.S. involvement in ITER, Peter 
took an assignment to help design a linear 
accelerator in Los Alamos, NM.The good 
news is that he has now learned yet another 
field and that he will be doing some fun 
software development that is advancing the 
field of design and tuning of coupled RF 
cavities. Peter's bad news is that his main 
home is still in San Diego, so he has been 
enduring a 900-mile commute for the past 
two years. Now that our classmates are 
beginning to retire, one would think that 
they would have more time to check in 
with their class secretary with their comings 
and goings, but even our esteemed class 
agent, Harvey Hayden, is too busy 

OpSail 2000 

Tanaquill, a 47-year-old 54-foot 
wooden sailing ship skippered by Philip 
Teuscher '61 joined the largest parade 
of tall ships ever last July. This was the 
third time Teuscher and his boat partici- 
pated in the eveiu organized by 
Operation Sail, a non-profit company 
founded in 1961 with the support of 
former president John F Kennedy. The 
Operation Sail 2000 program was held 
as the national celebration for the mil- 
lennium. Teuscher, who also manages 
real estate in Westport, CT, joined the 
fleet sailing from New York City up the 
coast to Portland, ME. As he explained 
in an article in the Westport Minuteman 
on June 29, the boat is "very unique," 
having a double-planked construction 
of teak and hard South American 
greenheart wood, plus 55-foot sitka 
spruce masts. Teuscher is the boat's sev- 
enth owner, and sailed Tanaquill to 
Connecticut from California after 
buying her in 1984. He is still planning 
his ultimate trip with her, a two- to 
three-year world circumnavigation. 

enjoying his retirement home in Bonita 
Springs, FL to check in. Maybe next time. 


Mirick Friend 

Box 540 

Mirror Lake, NH 03853 

(603) 569-3212 

mfriend@worldpath . net 

Bob Pouch writes that he and Susan 
had a great summer spending time with 
their kids and grandchildren. Son Will is in 
Saratoga (NY) owning and operating his 
restaurant Esparanto. Daughter Catherine is 
in Boston with Blue Man Group. "See that 
show," he says. Steve Volpone has found a 
new passion. "After reading Bill Bryson's A 
Walk in the Woods, I have given hiking a 
try. Becoming hooked. Some of the views 
from NH's White Mountains are well 
worth the effort of the climb." Ferg Jansen 
has sent me a bullet point card in almost 
illegible printing. He is still trying to catch 
Court Bird running, cutting and splitting 
lots of wood, working on some tests (6+ or 
G+), going to tons of concerts, spending 
lots of time changing Tad Akins email 
address, went to a great wedding of Ray 
Ferris oldest at Big Sur, and he and Linda 
are grandparents of Zoe Hamden Pierce. 

Walt Cannon tells us he completed 
the total restoration of a Schweizer glider 
and flew it in the International Vintage 

Glider meet in Elmira. It was a great suc- 
cess. He is still working as a physician but 
thinking about retiring. Geoflf Lewis is still 
chuggin along and waiting for the 45th and 
50th. He encourages classmates to visit 
when in DC Brian Marsh informs us 
that he had a very enjoyable visit from 
Topper Terhune for a weekend - Topper's 
first trip to England in 40 years. John 
Catlett emailed me that he is again 
working in Russia on a six-month assign- 
ment for the U.S. State Department. "I've 
been helping independent television and 
radio stations and newspapers all over 
Russia with their marketing, promotion and 
sales. The idea is that the stations that do 
well financially can better afford to provide 
the kind of unbiased news reporting that 
will strengthen the democratic processes 
that U.S. wants to encourage." When he 
finishes this job he will be looking for 
another international assignment. What a 
fascinating life this guy leads. 

Tad Akin emails us that even though 
he and Becky have not done anything 
earth-shaking in the last year, they do go to 
Puerto Vallarta for a week just following the 
Thanksgiving holiday. He suggests that 
classmates forward their current email 
address to the school so that we can all get 
a list for better communication with each 
other. Send it to and I'll ask 
Sandy to forward one to everybody once a 
year. Tad has echatted with John Catlett in 
Moscow several times and is in contact 
with other classmates by email. Finally, 
Dana Atchley's wife Denise has emailed 
me with the following: Dana and I still 
speak very fondly of last year's reunion. We 
were thrilled to spend time at the GDA 
campus and to catch up with old friends. 
Presenting his show Next Exit as an 
example of his life's work in digital story- 
telling was a special honor. Dana continues 
to be president of two companies, Dana 
Atchley Productions, Inc. (digital story- 
telling consulting) and The Digital 
Storytelling Conference and Festival. Dana 
has been living with a diagnosis of 
Myelodysplastic Syndrome since 1997 and 
in an effort to be cured will be undergoing 
an allegoric bone marrow transplant at 
Stanford Medical Center beginning July 13, 
2000. He would love to hear from class- 
mates during his recuperation period and 
can be reached by email at d3tv@next or by mail at 507 Peralta Avenue, 
San Francisco, CA 94110. 

Jim Foley says: "Well, as I look at the 
calendar, I see 13 months left til "R" Day. 
Have to start looking for a place in Maine 
this fall — 3-4 acres and peace and quiet and 
the dogs. Wish I could go tomorrow. Will 
keep you guys posted." 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 33 

class notes 


John C. Elwell 

266 High Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 462-8749 

elwell@massed. net 


1960 classmates where are you? I only 
received two responses to my recent request 
for information. It can't be that all of you 
are still resting up from the wild reunion 
party at GDA in June! 

In any case, Dick Henry reports that 
he missed the 40th because their oldest 
friend's daughter was married that day. And 
the next day Dick and his son, John, 
hopped in a truck and drove across country 
on 1-40 with the ultimate destination being 
San Diego. How do you like that — class- 
mates, a marriage, and a trip with his son 
were more important than reliving the 
Byfield days? Dick said that he found the 
trip interesting and nostalgic to parallel so 
much of the old Route 66 which he trav- 
eled 39 years before with "Sir Richard" 
Benner. Sounds like a true trip down 
memory lane while you can still remember 
both trips. We'll excuse you this time Dick, 
but you better make a nostalgic trip to 
Byfield for your 45th reunion. 

Speaking of trips, Steve "Duke" 
Morton has retired effective September 30. 
Duke will continue to be back and forth 
between Cape Cod and Ohio. Gemini is his 
new boat which he cruises in. I can under- 
stand how he cruises around Cape Cod and 
the islands, but am puzzled how he cruises 
to the Newburyport Harbor where I will 
guarantee shuttle service and lodging. 

And, yours truly survived our 
daughter's wedding, my school's graduation, 
and the 40th reunion all during a three- 
week period. Erin graduated from GDA in 
'92 so there was a large contingent of GDA 
alumni/ae and staff at the reception. Not to 
rub it in classmates, but there were more 
GDA alumni/ae at the wedding than at our 
reunion. Enough said! I hope that all my 
classmates had a restful and fun-filled 
summer. I am becoming increasingly jealous 
of the growing number of classmates who 
are retiring or have retired. Drop me a line 
when you get a chance and let me know 
what is happening. Remember. . .the porch 
light is always on for you! 

J. Stephen Sawyer 

3616 Beech Run Lane 

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 

(717) 732-3908 

laurasaw@compuserve. com 

40th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 


Thomas S. Tobey 

59 West Portola Avenue 

Los Altos, CA 94022-1209 

(650) 941-5060 

The most recent cast of the net har- 
vested a few bits in the way of news on the 
class. It seems that I bring about the same 
species with each sojourn onto the GDA 
banks. While I am delighted to hear from 
the "regulars" it would be great to enlist 
some news from those of you who have 
been hibernating. 

In my last solicitation, I did get a 
nibble from Peter Kelly. Peter responded 
from my entreaty about email addresses. 
Pete sent one in, but when I tried to send a 
reply, it did not go through. It must be the 
excuse of the new millennium: "I didn't get 
your email" or "the computer is down". 
With the year 2002 fast approaching, the 
year of our 40th reunion, I am hopeful in 
cranking up some interest in getting the old 
gang together. 

I did get one hit from George 
Randall recently. I recall that we had a 
memorable cocktail party hosted by Gar 
and his wife, Cindy at their home in 
Newburyport at our 25th reunion. Gar has 
offered to host us again in 2002 if -we can 
get all the old bones to mobilize in his 
direction on the appropriate date. Gar also 
reports that "for the past nine years, I have 
been doing engineering consulting in the 
niche of liquefied gas transportation and 
terminaling for small companies that do not 
have in-house engineering, or that go out- 
side for some projects." 

As usual, Bob MacLaughlin checked 
in. Bob reports that he and his wife, Kit 
"have moved inland from Cushing, ME to 
Searsmont.We miss being right on the 
water, but the kayaks fit neatly on top of 
their car, and it's only 12 miles to Penobscot 
Bay. The big benefit to being back in the 
woods is all the elbowroom.We have a 

Heart, Health 

David P. Faxon '63, a pioneer in 
the development of non-surgical tech- 
niques such as angioplasty for restoring 
blood flow through clogged coronary 
arteries, and the president-elect of the 
American Heart Association, was 
recently appointed chief of the cardi- 
ology section at the University of 
Chicago Medical Center. Faxon moves 
to Chicago from a position as professor 
of medicine and chief of cardiology at 
the University of Southern California. 
Originally from Manchester, NH, 
Faxon earned his B.A. from Hamilton 
College and graduated from the Boston 
University Medical School. He did his 
residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock 
Medical Center, returning to Boston for 
a fellowship in cardiology at Boston 
University Hospital. He taught at BU 
for 17 years before moving to USC. He 
is the author of more than 135 articles 
in peer-reviewed journals and editor of 
three books, and has also been a leader 
at local and national levels for various 
heart-health organizations. 

huge garden space, and there are scads of 
quiet roads and woods trails to run and 
hike on. I sent in my application fee for the 
Portland Marathon Oct. 1st. I can tell it's 
not going to be pretty, but training out here 
in the puckerbrush is really fun and the 
weather has been flat out Maine gorgeous." 

I thought I was on the verge of getting 
some new information on Denis Golden. 
I discovered that he is hosting some kind of 
trivial pursuit show in Boston on Station 
WMEX. I sent an email to the station and 
was promised a contact with Denis, with no 
luck I imagine the fan mail must be diffi- 
cult to manage, but as soon as I hear I will 
get a news release out on the latest in that 
department. Perhaps we should have a 
trivial pursuit contest at the reunion on '62 
trivia. (Sample: 'Who was the winner of the 
100 yard dash at the 1961 intramural track 
meet?" or "What was the name ofVal 
Wilkie's dog?" 

You can tell that things are rather slow 
at the news desk this quarter. Once gain, 
please shoot me an email when you have a 
free moment. I did hear recently from a 
mutual friend who attended that Burke 
Leahey married off a daughter this 
summer. Apparently Al "Peb" Rock ran into 

34 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

Burke at another wedding in the Duxbury 
area this summer. Also, after what must have 
been thousands of tries, Peb Rock nailed his 
first hole-in-one this year. Anyone else been 
so lucky? See you all soon. 


Peter P. Morrin 

1288 Bassett Avenue 

Louisville, KY 40204 

(502) 456-2397 

The big news from the Class of '63 is 
that Dave Faxon, the man we remember 
best as a mild-mannered middle distance 
runner, is the president-elect of the 
American Heart Association, beginning in 
2001. Dave and wife Moni have recently 
moved to Chicago where Dave has been 
appointed to the position of Chief, Division 
of Cardiology, University of Chicago. 
Before being elected to the national presi- 
dency of the American Heart Association, 
Dave served as president of the Massachusetts 
and Los Angeles affiliates. Congratulations 
to Dave for his outstanding achievements - 
we will all share in the reflected glory! 


Louis H. Higgins 

P.O. Box 268 

Lake Placid, NY 12946-0268 

(518) 523-9682 

Before I pass along the news, some 
housekeeping. John Mercer designed a 
website for us. Find it at http://www8. 
of you for whom we have email addresses 
got this info in July, along with this message 
from John: "If you are at the web page, 
click the other option to send me ideas for 
what to put up on it (if anything). I was 
thinking that we never had a chance, as 
some of the next generation did, to set up 
our own yearbook pages. I was thinking of 
dummying up a page with each of our 
graduation pictures and then calling for you 
to send prose, pix, or sound to hook into 
your page or you could just send me a fully 
formatted HTML page. Certainly we can, 
at the least, keep an up-to-date address list 
there (all under password protection) ."John, 
nice website, great job, thanks! 

Well, in gratitude for his good work, 
should not Mercer have the honor of being 
first in the barrel? "As we used to say in the 
sixties, it's all, like, interconnected, man. So 
one morning, I wave to Mark O'Brien as 
he's walking down the street, and the same 
evening Charlie and Eli Parker join us 
for a wine tasting, then Lou Higgins calls 
and explosively announces his arrival for 
dinner in Exeter, NH, with the former 

headmaster Bragdon, and then I find out 
my daughter visited Rocke Robertson's 

daughter Laurel in Ghent and perhaps more 
to the point, visited Laurel's new child, 
who, if my relationship-tracking skills do 
not fail me, is Rocke s grandchild. The 
times they are a-changing', Rocke. As to 
my own existence, which would be scat- 
tered indeed without the (like, you know?) 
connections, I've taken up web design, 
which I do in a kind of 19th century way: 
heavy emphasis on print, cool indifference 
toward pictures, and horror of bursting bal- 
loons and the like. For perhaps obvious rea- 
sons, no one seems to want to pay me 
money for me to do this sort of work. 
Poems and songs and prose continue to 
issue remorselessly from my keyboard. My 
wife and I continue in our traditional 
employments, as our daughter wings off to 
Europe for three months, then back for a 
few months of money raising, before 
heading off again. I admire this light-foot 
life approach and am planning to take it up 
soon. As practice, I spent six weeks last year 
in South America working and playing and 
am planning to do the same again starting 
in October, this year with a side trip to 
Patagonia to match last year's Machu Picchu. 
I continue to trudge up mountains, thinking 
modest thoughts whenever the ascent relents 
enough to allow thinking. I seem to be 
headed toward doing the entire 113 moun- 
tains over 4000 feet in New York and New 
England. Why? Well, you know why." 

Rocke Robertson writes: "Kudos to 
John Mercer. Another great idea which 
would have lain dormant had not some 
enterprising soul actually made it happen 
(the website that is). I had a rather lengthy 
post in the last Archon, so this will be short. 
Nothing much has changed, except that we 
are making major house renovations which 
we hope we will still be happy about in 10 
years when ALL of our children are gone 
(we think/hope). I've heard that children 
have a nasty habit of coming back when 
you least expect them. I started playing 
soccer in a men's recreational league. I don't 
remember being this sore before. I do 
remember being this slow before, but now I 
can appreciate that participation is really the 
name of the game. Medicine in Canada 
continues to be interesting, challenging, and 
ever busier. Our volumes have gone up 
nearly 50 percent in the last 18 months. 
People getting older, sicker, etc. Plus boom 
times letting governments spend money to 
get re-elected. I'd love to hear from anyone 
else who wants to talk about healthcare in 
general. I know there are a few docs in our 
class, and maybe a few health economists. I 
continue to have many more aspirations 
than time to achieve them. But that is life 

in the sixth decade I guess. I try to concen- 
trate on family and personal relations. All 
else is really secondary. Cheers to all." 

Charlie Parker emailed: "I'm at the 
Vineyard now. Bought a big bass boat, 26 
footer. Exactly perfect for these waters. 
Diesel, classic Down-East style. Caught 
three keeper stripers so far. 30" is the new 
limit. The Vineyard has changed. Lots of 
tycoons, big dough, etc. We try to avoid it 
but it's somewhat inescapable. However, 
activities are still the same. ...drinking, 
eating, fishing, tennis, swimming, cutting 
grass and brush (I bought a John Deere 
farm tractor with a brush hog) . My little 
baby is heading off to Macalester College in 
St Paul, MN.Very liberal place. Oh boy. " 

Next, Joe Stevens checks in.... briefly. 
He says he's "taking Charlie's advice; 
drinking more wine, writing fewer letters." 
(Now, Joe, take it from one who knows: 
When you follow Charlie's advice, you're 
getting into a leaky boat. A very leaky boat.) 

If you'll recall the last Archon, Bob 
Dexter told us he'd been in Palm Desert, 
CA for the past 17 years and to me, at least, 
he appeared pretty settled. Well, so much, 
for appearances. Here's his latest. "Have 
been in Anchorage, AK since 1/5. Working 
on the Alpine Project for Phillips Petroleum 
(formerly Arco) . An exciting challenge to 
get back to the construction/oil business 
after 13 years. Previously I had worked on 
two North Slope projects from California 
home offices and only got to Alaska on a 
cruise ship. Best to you all!" 

And we heard from Phil Van Zile 
(Toby @GDA):"My son, Taylor began his 
ninth grade year at GDA this fall. Class of 
2004. My daughter, Caroline, began her 
upper year (11th grade) at Andover this year. 
My wife, Susan, teaches sixth grade English 
and loves it. She was honored as Pennsylvania 
Teacher of the Year in 1998. 1 am a senior 
attorney with the PA Governor's Office of 
General Counsel and I have been with this 
office for ten years now, after being in pri- 
vate practice here in Harrisburg for four 
years and with the government in 
Washington for seven years. Please send my 
regards to all." Now, who among us remem- 
bers Ingham II our Junior year? And Van 
Zile's staggering collection of 45 s, played 
relentlessly? And how Mr. Henry tried 
valiantly to make heard his harpsichord over 
the seductive allure of Gene Pitney at max 
volume belting out The Man Who Shot 
Liberty Valance. And we know who won 
that particular Battle of the Bands. 

Next up, Dave Moss. "The only real 
news from this front is my retirement as of 
July 1, 2000. After 25 years in the 
political/election wars (on the side of truth, 
justice and the American Way, of course), I 

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class notes 

have decided to seek the more sedate pace 
of following my own muse at my own 
pace. If the first weeks of retirement are any 
indication, however, I will be as busy as 
ever. My wife of 29 years will follow suit 
after another couple of years trying to drive 
Spanish verbs into concrete skulls. On the 
volunteer front, I am serving on the Board 
of Directors for the local hospice organiza- 
tion, which can be a bit challenging in the 
only state where physician-assisted suicide is 
legal. I have also been nominated to serve 
on the Oregon State Ethics Commission, 
the watchdog for all elected officials, high- 
level agency directors at all government 
levels, and all lobbyists. By the time these 
notes make it into print, I will have been 
through my Senate confirmation process 
and hopefully will be casting a sharp eye on 
the screw-ups of public service. 'Twas good 
to see everyone at the 35th." 

Rob Canterbury writes: "I'm in the 
process of looking for (or starting) a sup- 
port group for those of us, particularly 
single males in their 50's (because that's the 
group I'm most familiar with) who are 
dealing with aged p's who are fighting the 
move into assisted living situations or who 
are already there but who need more atten- 
tion from their previously contentedly self- 
centered offspring. Resentment is not 
unusual (though happily not present in my 
case). I have gone through mild depression 
from a feeling of helplessness, unprepared 
for the role of principal caregiver (when did 
gay youngest sons replace spinster eldest 

And, surprise, John Everett emailed. 
"You've tracked me down in Roanoke, VA. 
I've been back working as an attorney for 
the Hearings & Appeals Office of the Social 
Security Administration and have just been 
here two years plus. Doing a lot of walking 
and hiking up in the Blue Ridge and some 
biking, both road and mountain, in the 
countryside down here in southwestern VA. 
I managed to fit in a minor heart attack, if 
there can be such a thing, in June, 1999. 
But with an immediate EMT ride to the 
hospital on the first presentation of symp- 
toms, I had angioplasty and a stent implace- 
ment within 15 hours of the beginning of 
the event. I don't know that I'm as good as 
before the heart attack, but I am back out 
there biking, walking and hiking vigorously, 
so it pretty much seems that I am. And 
although I now write from Roanoke, I'm 
about to move again. Just received a pro- 
motion and transfer to our office in 
Charlottesville, just up the road and home 

to UVA. I'll pretty much be in transit 
between now and then and will be 
showing up in C'ville on October 17. My 
best to all the GDA '64s." 

I had a surprise visit from Bob and 
Marni Wise this week (Sept. 24th). They 
stopped by my office in Lake Placid on their 
way to Montreal. They sold their footwear 
business and, although they still work for the 
buyer, they seem relieved to be free of the 
burdens that goes with being owners/man- 
agers. (Incidentally, Bob agrees with me that 
it was Van Zile as much as anyone who pre- 
cipitated a certain Master's early retirement. 
Well, maybe Van Zile was not quite as awful 
as Fraser, but this is splitting hairs.) 

Last year, my adoring and adored wife 
Patti surprised me with an M-37 which, in 
this case, was a 1952 3/4 ton Army truck 
badly in need of restoration. So, in league 
with her talented brother, I labored for a 
year and rebuilt the entire body and engine 
and transmission and running gear and put 
in new leather seats and lights and instru- 
ments and a top and painted it and finally, 
finally, it was done and, as a finishing touch, 
Patti painted "little alps" (our home) on the 
door in 14 carat gold. That was on August 
28th. And the very next day, I was backing 
out of a friend's driveway, a Swiss guy who 
must miss the old country because his 
access road is at least as steep as the 
Chrysler Building, and the brakes failed 
utterly and the truck and I went sailing 
over a rock retaining wall and a ten-foot 
sheer drop and the truck rolled and then 
rolled again and we came to rest upside 
down in a smashed tangle of broken glass 
and torn metal and dripping oil. At some 
point I became aware that I was under the 
truck and that gas was pouring on me and 
the battery was next to me and it was 
arcing and somehow, I don't know how 
because the top and windshield had been 
sheared off, I crawled out. Which was a 
good thing because it turns out that there 
were no witnesses so no one even knew I 
was under there. In the end it took two big 
wreckers to get the truck out. And now 
here's the end of the story. When my end- 
lessly patient and longsuffering brother-in- 
law saw the truck, he said it's a total, then 
he starting making noises about salvage, 
then, after we slept on it, he said, okay, let's 
fix it. So we did. I was lucky -all I got was 
skinned up and a few bruises and of course 
I was sore, like after one of Heb's practices. 
And so it goes. Now, check out our web- 
site, and keep me posted. 


Kenneth A. Linberg 

677 5 A Pasado Road 

Ha Vista, CA 93117 

(805) 685-1868 

linberg@lifesci. Iscf.ucsb. edu 

Reunion gatherings at GDA simply do 
not disappoint, and our recent 35th was a 
case in point. Although a few classmates 
could not make it at the last moment, those 
of us who did had a great time seeing the 
campus again, and enjoying each other. The 
weather was perfect, the camaraderie excel- 
lent. No doubt you recently received the 
Archon mailing depicting the Reunion 
Weekend as a whole, so I'll try to avoid 
redundancy. Kudos necessarily go out to 
two classmates who made the most gallant 
efforts to attend. Scott Magrane rushed 
up from New Jersey to attend the Saturday 
daytime activities only to rush home that 
evening in time to join wife Lynn for a 
pre-scheduled engagement. Craig Johnson 
flew in from Santa Barbara fresh on the 
heels of having returned from his honey- 
moon in Paris. Sadly his lovely wife Judy 
could not attend (next time, Judy!), and to 
make matters worse, he missed his first con- 
nection and didn't fly into Logan until late 
Friday, after all the Friday evenings festivi- 
ties — arriving at the Campus near mid- 
night. He then proceeded to Perkins Dorm 
where the braver of our classmates were 
being housed, and stayed up to 3:00 am 
chatting with Jeff Kane, among others. 
Nevertheless, he was up in time for the Pie 
Race, ably winning in our (advanced) age 
group! Craig turned around and flew back 
to California the next day. Quite the 
impressive effort for which we other atten- 
dees were all the more appreciative. It was 
terrific that other classmates staying in 
Perkins including Jeff, John Hill and Eric 
Shepard and his delightful wife Diane, 
arose in time for the 7:00 am interment of 
Art Sager's ashes at a memorial site for him 
adjacent to Sager Bowl. 

Not feeling as daring as those listed 
above vis-a-vis dormitory accommodations, 
Chester Parasco and I opted instead to 
stay at an English-to-the-hilt bed and 
breakfast in Newburyport, near which, on 
Friday afternoon our Reunion truly com- 
menced when Dudley Glover and Jerie 
Larsen honked at us as we were strolling 
past Fowle's and delivered their typically 
rousing and endearing welcome. Soon 
thereafter, we had an engaging visit with 
John Haydon who could not make the 
Reunion proper. Chester and I joined 

36 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

Dudley and Jerie at our appointed recep- 
tion spot - the Kaiser Art Gallery, where 
Dave Williams and Dick Leavitt were offici- 
ating. We met up with Jeff, Eric and Diane 
and Tony Knapp. From that moment on, 
true to form, we were inseparable through 
dinner and beyond. 

In addition to those classmates already 
mentioned, the Saturday morning post-race 
activities, notably the Glee Club concert in 
memory of Art Sager and luncheon on the 
Quad, attracted Brad Dorsey and Arnie 
Morton to the throng. As a group we later 
drove into town for a stroll along the 
waterfront and some libations upstairs at the 
Grog. A great get-together before returning 
to campus and cocktails in front of the 
Mansion house followed by dinner. 
Especially poignant for me was having a 
unique opportunity to get acquainted with 
the Academy's sterling new Headmaster, 
Marty Doggett and his wife Patty. An unex- 
pected delight was to have an extended 
catch up with a visiting ValWilkie who 
looks astonishingly the same - hale and 
hearty - and who was extremely warm and 
cordial. What a great time I had over the 
weekend — a sentiment that I hope was 
shared by all. I highly recommend these 
Reunion get-togethers for those of you 
who haven't been to one lately! 

In post-Reunion developments, Craig 
and I joined John Hill for lunch back here 
in Santa Barbara when John drove up for 
one of his many auditions of late. We 
enjoyed recounting our June get together. 
As I write this the Sydney Olympiad is 
coming to a close, and once again I've been 
enjoying the many feature articles in 
Newsweek on the Games penned by our 
own Mark Starr, now a true veteran of 
the Olympics. Beautifully crafted, Mark! In 
a related topic, the next Olympiad is in Salt 
Lake City, the backyard of Dwight 
Nicholson, the only one of you to send in 
one of those little cards this time. "As I 
write this," he begins, "the temperature is 
'hot' and the valley is filled with smoke 
from the forest/ grass fires in the area. The 
construction of the Olympic venues is 
almost complete, but the latest venue, the 
Federal Courthouse, has been complete for 
some time. I am coaching Nordic 
Combined, so I am involved in the 
Olympics." Cool. As I recall, Dwight s son is 
a ski jumper as well! Stay tuned! Until next 
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Bradshaw '66 and Peter Dorsey '69 upon their ascent ofTuckerman's Ravine on Mount 

Washington in New Hampshire. Accompanied by Peter's son George, the trio skied the 

bowl on May 27 in dense fog and 40-degree temperatures. 


Michael J. Little 

82A Summer Street 

Waterville, ME 04901 



Bennett H. Beach 

7207 Denton Road 

Bethesda,MD 20814 

(301) 951-9643 

ben_beach @tws. org 

35th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

The Fall Equinox has just passed and 
the Fair Season in Maine is drawing to a 
close. I was at the Common Ground Fair in 
Unity, ME yesterday. No, I didn't see any 
classmates there — though, if you were there, 
I was one of those folks dancing with bells 
on, one of the local (or is it loco?) Morris 
Team - Highland Mary (from Union). I ran 
into people I knew from two different 
states and periods in my life, but none from 
GDA. I did have a postcard from Roy 
Hope who is still in St. Paul, MN, and mar- 
ried to Dark with a son Edward (3). 
"Wondering where the thirty-five years 
went." And Ted Caldwell sent me an 
email and said that he was planning to be at 
GDA for our 35th reunion next June — 
how about you? 

Send it in! 

The next deadline for news is February 15. Send class notes to 

Jon Strater continues to design 
robotic vision systems, some of which the 
Ingham 2 JVs could have put to good use, 
and on the side he coaches the girls' lacrosse 
team at the local high school. He has a son 
at Johns Hopkins and a daughter at Brooks, 
and he and wife Pat went sailing Downeast 
last summer. It's the boats that sink that 
interest. Construction of his Graveyard of 
the Adantic Museum is moving ahead, and 
to satisfy eager visitors, Joe Schwarzer has 
set up a gallery with some of the items he 
has gathered. The museum looks like a ship 
on its side and is within view of the ocean 
near Cape Hatteras. Dwight Reid's 
daughter Emily is a sophomore at Union 
College, while Andrea is an eighth-grader. 
Dwight is with Crane, the 200-year-old, 
environmentally conscious papermaker that 
produces the stuff that the U.S. Treasury 
turns into money. 

Dick Boucher is happy to be back 
home in Allentown, PA after trying out 
Florida's Gulf Coast for a couple of years. 
Wayne Noel enjoys both his colleagues 
and the work at Lyndon Woodworking in 
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where he 
specializes on the bases for tables. They can 
be bought at Room and Board stores, 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 37 

class notes 

among others. After eight years of using 
only a wood stove, Wayne has installed a 
heating system. He's still playing the piano. 
Chuck Davis was in Vermont last spring, 
giving a commencement address to the 
University ofVermonts School of Business. 
"I sure am glad I took Bull Sager's speech 
course," Chuck said. 

It was the memorial concert for Mr. 
Sager in the Moseley Chapel that drew 
Andrew Rimmington back to Byfield in 
June. He sang in the Alumni Glee Club and 
described his visit as "a wonderful and 
memorable day." He told Mr. Witherspoon 
that he hopes to return the textbook he 
borrowed in 1964 very soon. Stanley 
Greenberg was in Byfield for our 33rd 
reunion, too. He is very high on the hot 
dance tunes by Sonique and insists that 
"Powerpuff Girls rule." Gardner Sisk has 
one daughter at Curry College and another 
at Holderness, where she co-captains the 
field hockey team. He is feeling a little frus- 
trated athletically: "As Brink and I await our 
rematch with Laub and Bill [Alfond, we 
presume], I get the impression our oppo- 
nents are feigning injuries. We have offered 
them three different venues — choice of 
game — offer to play at any location. It 
appears we will keep the 'Swinging 
Cardinal' by forfeit." 

Bill Alfond had no comment on 
Gardner's message or on the Red Sox but 
reported that son Reis is playing soccer at 
Dartmouth. Bill goes to as many games as 
he can. Harper Follansbee is happily 
established as a teacher at Kingswood- 
Oxford Middle School near Hartford. He 
likes that city's slower-than-Boston pace. 
Son Seth has graduated from Connecticut 
College and is working in Ft. Lauderdale. 
His stepson Leonard attends Loomis 
Chafee, where Harper's brother Nat is asso- 
ciate head of school and Harper's wife 
Harriet is a teacher. Down in Arkansas Jay 
Marsh put in a full year as host parent for 
an exchange student from Germany and 
said it was a great experience. Andrew 
Nichols is now receiving tuition bills from 
both Brown and Stanford. 

There are five million newborn deaths 
a year in developing countries, and Dave 
Marsh is busy launching a program funded 
by a $50 million grant that the Gates 
Foundation has given Save the Children to 
address this problem. 

Mac Barnes has moved to Locust, NJ, 
but the big news is that he has found the 
record that Heb Evans used to play in the 
wrestling room right before all the meets. 

38 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

It's "The Student Prince" by Mario Lanza. 
"I used to hate that kind of music," said 
Mac, "and now I find myself ordering the 
CD." His youngest is now a Cornell 
freshman, with no interest in Mario Lanza. 
At least two of our offspring are now at 
Colby College, with Phil Finn's son 
Richard joining Dan Morgan's daughter 
Mayo. We trust both are making good use 
of the Alfond Athletic Complex. Rem 
Clark made two brief appearances in 
"Fabulous Fenway," a history of the fabled 
park that ran on the History Channel. Last 
summer he and his family took a camping 
trip to the Rockies and stopped by Scott 
Cameron's house in Colorado. A 
youthful-looking Jeff Forte, accompanied 
by his fiancee, made his annual pilgrimage 
to Fenway Park in September and sat 
through a long rain delay. As a member of 
the planning board, Bill Haggerty is 
determined to save as much open space as 
possible in Rehoboth, MA, which is still 
pretty rural. 


Daniel C. Look 

3287 Whitfield Drive 

Marietta, GA 30062 

(770) 977-3135 

Greetings to all. I have not received 
any cards and only two emails. Must be 
busy summers for all. Anne and I took our 
daughter Courtney to Auburn at the end of 
August for her freshman year. Didn't we 
just do that ourselves? Anne and I are now 
on our own. While it is fun to have the 
flexibility of schedule, we miss the kids and 
the energy with which they fill a home. 
Auburn is only two hours away, so trips will 
be made. I spoke with John Wannop this 
summer. He is in Woodstock, VT running 
The Woodstock Inn. My firm is doing 
some work with health care clients in the 
nearby area, so I will see John in the near 
future. He suggested that I wait until the 
trees are bare. 

Carl Spang sent the following note: 
"For us, the summer has gone by way too 
fast. Our daughter, Dana, is home after her 
freshman year at Mount Holyoke College 
and working in web page design for my 
company. It's great to have her home and at 
work! Eric, our son, has just finished his 
sophomore year at Oyster River High 
School and is enjoying summer as only a 
16-year-old can... lots of late nights, some 
work, lots of sleeping. In a few weeks, Eric 
and I will begin to look at colleges. My 

wife, Judith, is on break from the State 
Legislature, where she serves as a 
Representative for our town. Interesting 
time to be in NH politics, as we've had to 
restructure educational funding and 
impeach the State Supreme Court this year. 
This is her first session as a legislator. I've 
managed to stay busy with work. We've 
developed some software for the business- 
to-business eCommerce market and are 
enjoying some success. I'm looking forward 
to taking some time off in August. That's 
the report from New Hampshire. " 

In addition, Bill Black sends in the 
following: "Hi there. Very busy working 
with PCs these days, and loving it . . . it's 
certainly the way of the future, like it or 
not I guess. I find myself with much appre- 
ciated free time during summer, since my 
teaching and tutoring duties make that pos- 
sible for me. Unfortunately, I have been 
pretty much unable to get to any of the 
functions in late spring, because of a con- 
flict of schedule, and also family duties, etc. 
If you have a chance give my regards to 
Josh Burns. Don't have an email for him, 
but have talked on phone several times over 
last two or three years. It's fun to think back 
on the 60's..alas, so different back then. Was 
very sorry to hear about Mac Murphy's 
demise, though I guess not unexpected. 
What an incredible English teacher (pro- 
fessor, really) he was — certainly the most 
eloquent by far of any English teacher I 
had, even in college. My email is so you can officially 
set me in the records here. Please do keep 
in touch. Much easier now with the email 
thing, although I was remiss in not commu- 
nicating sooner." 

Jim Rudolph was recently elected 
President of the Massachusetts chapter of 
Associated Builders and Contractors 
(ABC). The organization has 450 business 
members representing over 20,000 
employees in the state. Jim is the first 
attorney to ever be elected President of any 
of the 83 ABC chapters in the United 
States. He explains, "Construction law rep- 
resents 20 percent of my law practice; the 
rest of my time is spent advising businesses 
on a variety of matters. Gargill, Sassoon & 
Rudolph, my law firm, now has eighteen 

David Mitchell says: "Life in Florida 
continues to be fun, though travel keeps me 
on the go about 60 percent. Just had the 
5th grandson last weekend. We think five is 
just about right. Hope everyone is well." I 
hope that more of you will be able to send 

info for the next issue. Call when in 
Atlanta. If anyone needs a class mailing list 
and directory, let me know. dcl@dm- 


Jeffrey L. Gordon 

Glen Farm Road 

Portsmouth, RI 02871 

(401) 849-5893 

jlgordon 1 

A note arrived from Jon Nelson who 
is currently residing on the beautiful South 
Carolina coast along the Magee River. He 
has been busy with art shows all across the 
region, settling down with his new wife, 
Peggy, as well as purchasing a mountain 
house in the Carolinas. His dream is to 
come back for one more alumni baseball 
game! Jim Bayley writes that he just com- 
pleted a two-week course at the Marine 
Mountain Warfare Training Center in high 
altitude and survival medicine. And, last but 
not least, a note arrived from Moe 
McGuirk. His message is as follows: "Please 
let everyone know that I have moved from 
San Francisco area to Alberta, Canada to 
join the Canadian Mounted Police. Tell 
Rad that Mona sends her best and that I 
hope to see everyone at our 50th." It's 
always an adventure, but please keep those 
cards and letters coming. Peter Dorsey 
says: "My brother Bradshaw '66 and I 
assaulted Tuckerman Ravine on Mt. 
Washington with my son George accompa- 
nying us. Brad and I tried the bowl on May 
27 in a dense fog with 40° temperature. It 
was a goal of mine to get in shape since my 
30th reunion. I lost 35 lbs. and did weight 
training since February." 


J. Randall Wlritney 

77 Coolidge Road 

Concord, MA 01142 

(978) 369-0914 

jrandall. whitney@ipaper. com 

Jeff Brown gives us his personal 
report of our 30th class reunion, June 9-11, 
2000: "Fourteen of our 70 or so class mem- 
bers showed up in Byfield to see each other 
again. Henry Eaton was there with his 
wife, Cathy, and his 14-year-old daughter 
Brooke and younger son. Of course, he was 
there, we elected him class president, and 
hopefully discharged to him most of any 
loyalty or obligation we ever felt to GDA. 
He's practicing law now in downtown 
Boston. Although I'm a lawyer too, we 
didn't talk much about that. We talked more 
about Duke and the Drivers. I also talked 
briefly with Joe Lilly, who attended the 
memorial service for Art Sager. Henry is 

not the only one to entrust his progeny to 
GDA. Randy Whitney and his wife Joan 
attended Friday and Saturday's meals and 
meetings. Their daughter is also attending 
GDA. John Newman was there, as was his 
daughter, Julia who is also a student. (John, 
thanks for the tennis game. . .1 was only sore 
for two days afterwards.) Fred "Kalama- 
zoo" Statler brought his wife, Celeste, and 
son Fritz and daughter Maude. Fritz was 
checking the place out and seemed gen- 
uinely interested in attending year after 
next. I never knew this before, but Fred's 
father and uncle both attended GDA. 

"Jack Cutler met me at Logan 
Airport on Friday afternoon to take me 
up to the marsh. I have to thank him for 
his patience as my plane was nearly two 
hours late. We have kept in touch over the 
years, traveling to several states on our 
overlapping guests to climb the highpoints 
in all 50 states and to hike the Appalachian 
Trail. This airport scenario was more or 
less routine. Arriving back at GDA was 
not. Several other faces of old classmates 
were familiar, although somewhat evolved 
over the years. Frank Chase, Mike 
Franchot, Jay James, Adam Levin, 
Mark Linehan, Tom Turner and Jim 
Winslow (ne' Alles). Several brought their 
spouses and/or some of their children. I 
enjoyed meeting and getting to know 
these family members as much reminiscing 
with old classmates. Barkley Simpson 
came for the whole weekend with Tawnia, 
his "significant other". She was with him 
ten years ago at our 20th. 

"I have to tell you that I admire 
Barkley for putting up with us over the 
years, even though we were from more or 
less privileged families and somewhat unfa- 
miliar with his background growing up in 
Cleveland, OH. They live in the Cincinnati 
area now. That makes him about the closest 
classmate to me, geographically. We talked 
about white-water rafting on the New 
River. I was serious when I extended an 
invitation to him to drop by when he 
might ever be in Charleston, WV. (This 
invitation is extended to all of you who 
might be in the Charleston, WV area.) 
Other special treats of the visit was a tour 
of the new buildings on campus and a per- 
sonal tour of the "Castle", where my Math 
6 teacher, David Gosse, is now living with 
his wife. The house was once occupied by 
Dr. Henry Murray of Harvard University. 
(He was the head of the department that 
hired Timothy Leary.) 

"The cherry on top of this reunion pie 
wasVal Wilkie joined us on Saturday for 
drinks and dinner. Henry extended a special 
invitation to him to join us and he 
accepted. He has been living in Fort Worth 

for the last 27 years. We enjoyed looking 
back on those difficult times in our fives 
when we were encountering drugs, 
Vietnam and Kent State, mostly with the 
pleasure of having survived it all. We spent a 
little time remembering those of our class 
who are no longer with us: Kim Staples, 
Bryan Chase and Roger Porosky . The 
school also wished to apologize for any 
confusion at the Reunion Memorial 
Service and inform our class that Paul 
Wright is indeed still living. I send this 
report to several of you who may or may 
not feel as closely to our friends from GDA 
as I do. I hope we can all appreciate the 
reality that our past experience at GDA has 
forged special connections between us that 
we cannot erase, however much we might 
wish we could. I wish you all the best and 
hope that we might meet again at a future 
reunion or somewhere else." 

Chris Wyle writes: "If I don't make it 
for the reunion, the family consists of Patty 
and three kids; Melissa (11), Timothy (6) 
and Amy (2), two girls from next door who 
live in my house on the weekends with my 
kids, two golden retrievers, about 1000 
goldfish in the pond (and a great blue 
heron, white heron and kingfisher control- 
ling the population) and a bluebird nesting 
family (the first in about thirty years)." 

Guy Swenson writes of the GDA 
reunion: "It sounds like it was a good time. I 
am sorry I could not make it. I was plan- 
ning to make it, but work got very busy the 
last couple of weeks and all of the rain here 
this spring meant that I had lots of things to 
do around the house and to get our boat 
ready for the summer. I did get to see 
Barkley on his way over to the reunion 
which was great. We had not seen each 
other for over 20 years. GDA did provide 
some special times and people when we 
were there. I hope to be able to make the 
next reunion. Until then I am in the 
Syracuse, NY area and have a sailboat 
should any one be passing through this area. 
Or if you have a ground water problem or 
need a ground water supply I can visit you 
on business. My best to you all." 

Bill Murray writes: "What a pleasure 
to hear from you! Email is certainly a won- 
derful tool for keeping in touch like this. I 
anxiously await each issue of the Archon in 
order to read the class notes. Maybe we can 
think of a practical way to have some sort 
of cyber-classnotes? Maybe on alumni day 
each year we can exchange emails on 
what's going on in our lives? If one of us 
forgets, receiving emails from others will 
jog our memories. I was so sorry to not be 
able to attend our 30th reunion, as it is a 
simple matter for me to get to Boston— even 
from San Diego. However, my absence was 

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s s notes 

for a good reason: I got married on June 
10th! I had already set the date by the time 
I had learned of our reunion date. I mar- 
ried the former Janine Montalbano. She has 
heard all sorts of good things about GDA, 
from me, and looks forward to meeting all 
of you at a future reunion. Janine is 'our 
age', and holds some sort of special philos- 
ophy degree from UC Berkeley Our new 
address is 14489 Crestwood Avenue, Poway 
CA 92064. It's about 400 yards from my 
old house - a bit bigger and a nice pool. 
My phone number stays the same: 858- 
486-4278. The wedding went well, and we 
honeymooned a week in Paris, and a week 
on Lake Como in the Italian Alps. Life is 
going very well for me, especially after the 
dark years of post-divorce. Work at Axiohm 
is going extremely well — I've been there 
over 11 years. My daughter Jennifer is now 
15, and Delia is 10. 1 still take ballet class 
once a week, and am still on the Board of 
Directors for the California Ballet. 
Occasionally they haul me out of retire- 
ment for a performance. I also work in 
Liturgical Dance with the Episcopal 
Diocese of San Diego. So, that's the news 
from California! Hes, Henry, let's make the 
35th a big one! For me, GDA was a won- 
derful, magical, experience and I have the 
warmest feelings for all of you. I attribute 
almost all of my "good life skills" to GDA 
and the environment you provided as my 


Stephen J. Connelly 

119 Madison Avenue 

Clifton, NJ 07011-2705 

(973) 773-3929 

Mario Rivera 

180 SW 78th Avenue 

Margate, FL 33068 

(954) 720-1673 

Home Phone: (954) 718-0479 

Email: mario. rivera@stainless. com 

30th Class Reunion 

June. 8, 9, 10, 2001 

Peter Alfond wrote, "Life is good!" 
Brad Bloom sent these notes: "Took a 
sabbatical of about six months in early 
2000. Believe it or not, I actually audited 
undergraduate classes at Harvard in the 
spring semester. The rest of the time was 

spent with the family at home and travel- 
ling." James Fleming sent word that "we 
made it back to the good old U.S. of A." 
from his assignment in South America. His 
new address is 9 Redcoat Lane, Redding, 
CT 06896. Home phone is 203.938.7922. 
Office number at Stolt is 203.625.3710 and 

Joe LaPaglia sent along word of per- 
sonal and professional successes. "Just 
appointed Chief Financial officer for CNL 
Shared Services, Inc., a diversified invest- 
ment company based in Orlando, FL. Son is 
currently playing in Senior LL World Series 
(baseball); daughter is enjoying college; wife 
is enjoying training horses. A special hello 
to Nick, Mario, Chuck, Ed, Pete, Artie, and 
Alan." Joe's reach info is 407.650.1000 and 
company website is 

All the best to you and your families. 
My regards, Steve 


Geoffrey A. Durham 
504 Roosevelt Drive 

Libertyville, IL 60048 
(847) 549-8407 

Hi from Bob Billewicz "blitz": "Had 
bad fortune in late winter '99 to have slight 
stroke at age 45 (slowed me down a step or 
two but didn't stop me), lost a bit of sight 
(100 percent - ugh) in left eye. Had won- 
derful fortune to marry great gal, Julia 
Macrae, (from Inverness, Scotland and 
London, Ontario) in summer '99. Had even 
better fortune to have first son (ok, it took 
a while, but... lol) Noah Joseph Robert 
Billewicz born 3/29/00. Now living in 
London, Ontario and Naples, Florida with 
an occasional foray to Hampton, NH and 

yes Byfield Look forward to #30 

in spring '02. In the meantime, best to all, 
come visit in Canada or Florida." 

Jack Halloran writes that he is still 
living in the Bay (SF) Area. He added to 
their family with the birth of second 
daughter, Caley in November of last year. 
He is finishing the required coursework for 
his California teaching credential and hopes 
to be a high school Social Studies teacher 
this fall. His wife Tami just got her first 
Captains bid and will soon be flying the 
friendly skies from the left seat. He reports 
life is good on the left coast and other than 
a lot of sticker shock while shopping for a 
bigger house things are rather mundane. He 
saw some old GDA faces on his annual pil- 
grimage to Newburyport to visit family. 
Was that you Alec White he passed on State 

Street on your way to Scandia's for dinner? 
Always great to know there are some masters 
still teaching who taught while he was there. 

Bill Frost writes that he is starting his 
fifth year as head tennis coach for Endicott 
College in Beverly, Ma. He is coaching 
both women's (fall) and men's (spring) 
teams. The school has been coed for six 
years now. The women's Program is more 
established; men's Program is still young. 
Both programs are growing. School is 
growing. Opened an 80,000 square foot 
sports center in August '99. He also is able 
to do some tennis teaching at the school 
too. He is still living in Beverly. Heads 
down to his place in Florida occasionally 
and out to San Diego where they've got a 
couple of timeshares. He had the tremen- 
dous pleasure of spending the month of 
January 2000 in Australia. 

Jim Whitmore sends along the 
Whitmore family news: Young John is now 
three and he has a little brother or sister 
due in April. They just purchased a new 
home in Gloucester at 6 Old Salem Road. 
Great views, big project. Hey, where is 
Lodge. htm. 
whitWEME.html Jim and Tess Whitmore 978-281-0111. 

Bill Connolly writes he now works 
for the French at S.G. Cowen in New York. 
With four children ages 16 to six, their 
activities run the gamut from college-shop- 
ping to play groups. His favorite activity: 
attending his wife's ice hockey games. Dr. 
William B. WicklifFe II writes, "It's 
amazing what can be accomplished while 
working 60 hours per week and raising a 
family over a nine-year period." On 
December 15, 1999 he donned cap and 
gown to receive his PhD. He had his wife 
Kris, daughter Ashley, his Mom and brother 
Charles S. Johnson III in attendance. He 
reports that he has not made any changes as 
yet, but he is hoping to move from his pre- 
sent position to a North Carolina State 
University faculty position. Ashley age 16, 
was inducted into Who's Who Among 
American High School Students, is cheer- 
leader captain, scholastic honor society, 
French honor society and looking to 
become a Pediatric Physician Assistant from 
(gasp) Duke University! ... obviously she 
doesn't take after him. One of these days 
he'll make it to Byfield. Informally signed, 
Wick (or harking to 1972 - Nosnhoj) 

Michael Driscoll has recendy joined 
Marketworld in Fairfield, CT. He is VP of 
B2B and is producing the B2B 

40 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 conference in 
September in San Francisco. He sold his 
boat and got the kids a Canaan dog named 
Rusty, and got himself a Stratocaster with a 
custom neck. David Harrigan is blissfully 
single and runs sales and marketing for a 
Colorado based technology start-up that 
develops full business applications for 
mobile devices. Otherwise, he is involved in 
long distance running and twelve -string 
finger-picking guitar. Phil Zenner reports 
that he has been the training manager for a 
construction software company for a while 
now. He is still into soaring, hi-fi and web 
site development. He sends his regards to 
his classmates. And news from a classmate 
from whom we have not heard in a long 
time, Joe Fabbricotti writes that after 46 
years, he knows what he wants to be now 
that he got older - he is a lawyer for the 
Law Offices of McTighe and Molloy in 
Westborough, MA. Good to get the update, 
Joe, and from the others, too. 

As for the Durham family, Geoff 
Durham reports not much has changed 
recently. Work at Allstate has been very 
busy. The family is fine. Our 7th grade 
daughter, Andrea, still fills our free time. 
Celebrated my 24rd anniversary with 
Allstate this past June. Hard to believe, but 
over half my fife has been spent at Allstate. 


Edward Young 

15602 North 13th Avenue 

Phoenix, AZ 85023 

Pam J. Toner 

223 Riverside Drive 

Fairfield, CT 06430 

(203) 254-2371 

The theme of this issue was "What I 
did this summer..." based on the traditional 
back to school refrain. This summer my 
mother and I went to Disney World with 
my children, Carolyn (8), and Allison (6) 
and, naturally, we had a great time. The 
magic of the characters had my children 
captivated and the Electric Parade and the 
Character Parade mesmerized my mother 
and me. This year we were not brave 
enough for the Tower of Terror and Splash 
Mountain — maybe next time. 

Seth Kilgore admits he is quite good 
at vacationing. He just returned from Ibiza, 
Spain, where he escapes by himself and 
drinks beer for breakfast, doesn't shower or 
shave, and the days just go from there. This 
vacation has been a tradition for 10 years- 
shared only once with Lee Peterson. His 

family vacation is to Brugges and 
Amsterdam. His summer reading included 
George Stephanopolus' and Robert Reich's 
books. Greg Connolly reports, "As aVP 
for Targus Group International, I spend 
most of my time managing our Asian oper- 
ations (from Peterborough, NH). Lots of 
travel!" His children ..Whitney (16) and 
Peter (14) are both at Holderness School. 
Greg and his wife, Jeannie, and their chil- 
dren spend much time at their other house 
in Franconia, N.H. 

Jim Leighton reports: "Adrian and I 
are still living in Westford, MA where we 
have been for 14 years. Our son Tyler just 
turned six years old in May. My GDA 
schooling reaped some direct rewards as I 
was the soccer coach for a kindergarten 
team this spring. It was so much fun, that I 
volunteered again for this fall." Peter 
McSherry says: "My wife Eileen and I live 
in the Boston area, and are busy with three 
kids: twins Benjamin and Gabriel (5) and 
daughter Miranda (2). Work in hi-tech, 
gone public once and been acquired three 
times - still love it. Own old home that I 
do a fair amount of work on, especially 
now we need more room. Been spending a 
lot of time on Cape and pools with kids, 
and am enjoying the summer." 


David Bohman 

551 Pinellas Bayway 

St. Petersburg, FL 33115 

(121) 866-2193 

Richard Neyman is doing develop- 
ment work at United Way of Tri-County in 
the corporate environment. Mainly concen- 
trating in the Neponset Valley region. 
Would be interested in volunteering since 
this is my field. J. Derek Bergmann says: 
"My 3 children: Charles (11), Kendall (8) 
and Elise (2) keep Staci and me very busy! 
What precious time is left is devoted to my 
very busy custom home-building company 
based in Hopkinton, MA. I enjoyed visiting 
GDA for my 25th with son Charles in tow, 
especially catching up withVal Wilkie, Rich 
O'Leary, Dave Bohman, Peter 
Richardson, Dan Morris, Craig 
McConnel et al." 

Send it in! 

The next deadline for news is 
February 15. 

Send class notes to 


Carol Ann Goldberg- Ay din 

301 East 94th Street, 24B 

New York, NY 10128 

(212) 410-1181 

25th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

Lisa Bergman reports: "My business, 
First Reaction, just reached the magical 
five year mark. We supply research chemi- 
cals to materials scientists. Now divorced 
with three great kids - Carl (13), Dana 
(11), and Jake (8)." 



Carolyn E. Borwick 

1211 Ashland Avenue, 2nd Floor 

Evanston, IE 60202 

(841) 869-0111 

Frank (Chip) White says: "I'm just 
beginning my 20th year at Agfa Corp. as a 
software engineer, (email: 
Work is very busy. Home life is busy too. 
My daughter Julie (9) is playing Little 
League softball and I try to make it to all 
the games." 


Scott M. Pope 

25 Tidewater Farm Road 

Greenland, NH 03840 

(603) 436-2903 

Hello all. Well, that was a brief summer 
... if you can call this past season summer!! 
Regardless of the crummy weather, our 
summer was packed with activity with our 
two children Hughes and Taber. For me, I 
look forward to the summer because it is 
the start of saltwater stripped bass season. 
Regrettably for many of us who enjoy fly 
fishing for stripers, this season, like the 
weather, was a total disappointment. 
Apparently with all the rain we have expe- 
rienced, it has kept many species of bait fish 
out of the rivers and bays, resulting in a 
poor showing for stripped bass. 
Nonetheless, the mere pleasure of getting 
out on the boat, witnessing beautiful sun- 
rises and sunsets has provided many enjoy- 
able moments to remember. Now that 
school is in full swing, Annie is coaching 
field hockey again at our Greenland Central 
school. This is her second coaching season 
and Taber s second season playing! Taber has 
enjoyed a great deal of success so far, 
scoring nine goals in five games! She 
presently is the top scorer for the team and 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 41 

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she is only a 6th grader! It will be exciting 
to watch her skills develop over the next 
several years. Taber attended GDA's field 
hockey camp this past summer. She stayed 
on campus for a week . . . returned home 
saying she wanted to go there!? Well, there 
goes the college savings! Ouch!! As a side 
note, for as much as I have enjoyed 
watching the field hockey games, there are 
so many nuances to the rules . . . it's hard 
figuring out why the whistle blows! The 
good news is Annie is enjoying her 
coaching and Taber just loves playing.. .so 
it's a win win. Hughes is not playing a 
sport this fall. He is in 8th grade this year, 
taking his studies seriously without mom 
and dad pushing him and he is looking 
forward to basketball this winter. He plays 
center or forward. Skate boarding is still his 
passion . . . and he is still growing! He is 
now six feet and only 14 years old. Like 
some of your kids who are in their teens, it 
has been a challenge, but some of the best 
times as well. I am fortunate they are both 
good kids. That is all my news! Before I 
forget, it really would be nice if a few more 
of you guys would write. It makes the job 
a heck of a lot easier if you would! So 
make the effort for the next article. My 
email address is: 

The first up is Martha Zawacki!! She 
wrote me a nice note and said: "Just a quick 
note. This was a great spring and summer. 
Spent April and May in SE Asia: one 
month working in Singapore and one 
month traveling. Went to Thailand and 
Cambodia (to see Angkor Wat, one of the 
most fantastic archeological sights any- 
where — incredible bas reliefs) . Also spent 12 
days in North Vietnam, which included a 
trek into the mountains 12 hours north of 
Hanoi. Saw miles of gorgeous rice fields, 
tended by a huge variety of hill tribes that 
live the way they have for hundreds of 
years. Each has really distinctive, colorful 
clothing, its own language and its own cus- 
toms. Also spent a long weekend in Bali, 
which was great but tame in comparison to 
everything else. Plus, I got married last 
month at City Hall to Dan Brown. The 
lowest-frills wedding imaginable but we're 
planning a party to celebrate in the fall, to 
be followed by a long trip somewhere. In 
the meantime, we're just reveling in newly- 
wedded bliss, something I didn't expect 
given that we've been living together for 
years but I'll take it! Martha Zawacki 
Milbank,- Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP- 
One Chase Manhattan Plaza-New York, 

NY 10005 tel: (212) 530-5244 fax: (212) 
822-5244 MARTHA!! Your news is exciting! 
Best wishes to you both! Thank you for 
writing and have a fun honeymoon trip! 

Next is an email from Tom Mathews: 
"Hi Scott, saw your recent note. The family 
and I are doing well down here in Virginia. 
It's an adjustment but we are great tourists 
(Monticello, Mt Vernon, many visits to 
museums in DC, other civil war and revo- 
lutionary war stuff, etc., etc). And hey, win- 
ters are a bit better too! The AOL job is 
going well. In eight months I have worked 
in nine countries (UK, Ireland, Germany, 
France, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan, 
Australia, Argentina!) at this pace I should 
cover the globe in a few years! ciao,Tom 
Mathews- VP, Human Resources AOL 
International-22260 Pacific Blvd. Dulles, VA 703-265- 
5320. Tom- Thanks so very much for con- 
sistently writing. I know you are incredibly 
busy, yet you always seem to make the time. 
Take care... keep your selt belt tightened! 

Andy Stephenson and I have been 
writing back and fourth. The good news 
is... I have really enjoyed our emailing.... the 
bad news is ...we can't seem to get together 
because we are so far away! One of these 
days in the not too distant future we will 
make it! Andy writes: "You might 
remember that I wrote last time that Becky 
and I were looking at buying some land last 
fall. As luck would have it, we closed on the 
land in early March and have begun to 
consider building ideas. We are in no hurry 
as we plan to start digging a hole in a little 
more than two years. Everything else is 
status quo. All the best Andy. 

Last but not least, I received a email 
from Curt Metzger! He writes," Hello 
Scott! I finally got off the '80s sampan and 
bought a computer from no television in an 
old cabin in Maine to the beaches of south 
Florida and the world wide web - little 
gear change there I'm all over it - it's great! 
Hope all is going well with the Pope clan. 
It was great to see you at the reunion. You 
looked just the same, I couldn't believe it! 
Anyway, once your head shrinks I was 
■wondering if you could get a message to 
Greg that he can forward the reunion pic- 
ture to me at - that 
would be great! I still haven't seen it and 
Greg said since I was wearing a sweater that 
night he might overlay a coat and tie on 
me. I can't wait to see the color of the dress 
he put on me. I will write again soon and 
let you know what I'm up to this millen- 
nium." Curt, I very much appreciate your 

letter. I wrote you back but have not heard 
about your success with Greg? Either of 
you let me know. Thanks. That's it folks. I'll 
keep writing if you do. Have a terrific fall. 


Avery K. Woodworth 

19 Downfall Road 

By field, MA 01922 

(978) 463-2563 

Laura Journeay Roome was mar- 
ried to Michael Kevin Hembrick on 
October 21 in Winston-Salem, NO 


Lynne E. Durland 

114 West Road 

Londonderry, NH 03053-3141 

Leslie Robins had a mini 20-reunion 
with Sally Lee and Helen Mazarakis 

when she was out in Boston in February. 
"I'm still in San Diego (aka America's finest 
city), remarried and now working as mar- 
keting communications manager for 
ENCAD, a company that manufactures large 
format digital inkjet printers." Scott Mason 
is a television news documentary producer 
and reporter for WRAL-TV CBS affiliate in 
Raleigh, NC. He and his wife Nina have 
two girls — Lane (6) and Genie (3). 


Jennifer G. Steward 

115 Main Street 

Boxford, MA 01921 

(978) 352-7694 

jgsteward@mediaone. net 

20th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

Thanks to everyone who wrote, called 
or emailed, as always it brightens my day to 
hear from classmates! Benay Todzo 
sounded weary, (read on and you'll see 
why!), as she sent word of a new arrival: 
"My husband, Mark, and I just had our 
third kid- another boy. Blake joins his 
brothers Miles (2) and Quinn (4). We are 
overwhelmed and wondering if there will 
ever be an hour in the day when all three 
kids are asleep! Hello to all. Reunion fever 
is starting, so mark your calendar for June 
8,9,10!" Vinca Weatherly shares my 
excitement, but also shock that it really is 

42 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

the year of our 20th reunion. She enthusi- 
astically confirmed that she and her hus- 
band John will definitely attend with chil- 
dren Julianna and Christopher in tow. 
Joanne Leary sent word, as well as a change 
of address, that she too has the date saved for 
Reunion. Joanne, her husband Roy, and 
children Anders and Christine sound like 
they're thriving in Scarborough, ME. 

Stephen Oldfield checked in from 
across the Atlantic with news that he and 
his family also plan to attend Reunion. 
Stephan, his wife Kerry, and two children, 
Joshua (7) and Eleanor (4) plan to combine 
our Reunion celebration with a family hol- 
iday on the Cape. Susan Perry emailed 
with news of her departure from New 
England to Sunny Florida. "After nearly 
two thirds of my life spent living in New 
England, I have jumped off a cliff like a 
trusting lemming and have moved to 
Tampa, FL. I received a wonderful opportu- 
nity- a real "calling"- at the University of 
Sarasota in Tampa to complete the require- 
ments for a doctorate in clinical psychology 
and hopefully to teach next year. It has 
been a dream of mine to do this for a 
couple of years, and opportunity knocked. I 
feel quite thankful and humbled by the 
/hole process. I packed my car, put my 
kayak and bike on the roof of my car, and 
left Phillips Academy in June and will begin 
at the University here in September. Had a 
chance to see Dan Cooke, Lisa Louden, 
Marty Stephan, Ike Suggs '78 (still with 
admissions at GDA), Heather Perkins, 
Kathy O'Leary and Anna Gerry '85 
(still GDA coach) and Cornelia 
Woodworth (in California) before leaving. 
My brother Steve '79), his wife Robyn and 
their two children (Justin and Julia) visited 
Nantucket for ten days having left their 
new Hawaiian home for the first time since 
moving in last year. I don't know if I can 
make it for reunion in June. I will probably 
be beginning a residency at that time. 
Furthermore, after surviving all those New 
England winters, I promised myself I would 
not be traveling to any destinations unless 
the ambient air temperature is above 70 
degrees! As you can see, I have acclimated 
to Florida weather already. Peace to all." 
Congratulations, on your move and career 
growth, Susan! And thank you for all of the 
news on other alums! 

David Critics wrote that he too has 
been on the move. "After a two-week tour 
of England, Scotland and Wales, we have 
made our fourth move in four years with 
the Army. This time we went from 
Heidelberg, Germany to Ottawa, Canada, 
with a promise that this would be at least a 
two-year stop over. I'm working as an 
exchange officer with the Canadian Land 

Staff (in the equivalent of the Pentagon), 
and have responsibility for Canada's part in 
NATO plans, Canadian and US plans and 
"other duties as assigned." All very inter- 
esting and from quite a different perspective 
compared to the US Army. Angela con- 
tinues to homeschool Daniel (11) and 
Rebecca (10) for this year. They are all 
really enjoying Canada's capital, and the 
ability to get around in English again rather 
than the butchered German we used in 
Heidleberg. Our new address is (a drop box 
in the US to limit mailing costs): PMB 321 
2981 Fort Street Extension Ogdensburg, 
NY 13669 And of course the CompuServe 
email remains the same (David_Critics@ 

Lisa Louden and I have been 
emailing quite a bit brainstorming about 
reunion. We would love to set up a 
Reunion committee of some sort to plan 
the weekend of fun. Please contact me if 
you'd like to help out. I'll look forward to 
hearing from more and more classmates as 
we gear up for June 2001! 

Nancy L. Wickwire 

33 Caron Road 

Bedford, NH 03110 

(603) 472-8993 

anwick(a)worldnet. att. net 

Demetri Vlahoulis sent me an email 
in June. I think this is the first time we've 
heard from Demetri in a LONG time. 
"Greetings from the Left Coast. I am loving 
life in Solana Beach, CA, and practicing law 
in San Diego. My brother, Christos has 
joined forces with me in the practice and 
we are enjoying bachelorhood. We are plan- 
ning a visit back to my parent's house in 
New Hampton, NH for the 4th of July." 

Chris Swenson sent an email in July. 
"Nancy, how are things in my hometown? 
I miss Bedford! I haven't sent in any news 
in awhile; here is the latest: My wife 
Priscilla and I now have two children. Laura 
(age 3.5) and Robbie (1.5) and they keep 
us very busy. Last November we moved 
from Newton, MA to Concord, MA. 
Priscilla is a full time mom and works 
much harder than I do! I left Fidelity 
Ventures in April, after five years of focusing 
on telecommunications investments. I am 
now the chief financial officer of a software 
company in Waltham, MA called Telegea 
( We currently have 55 
employees, just raised two years of cash and 
are growing rapidly. Any GDA grads with 
software development experience, please 
send me your resume and you will be 
instantly hired, ( 
Best regards!" 

A blast from the past: David 
Schwartz sent an email!!! He writes: "I am 
in "virgin" territory with this whole Archon 
notes thing, so please be gentle with me. 
Maddy and I are living in the Washington, 
DC area (living in Bethesda) after 14 years. 
We have two munchkins: Josie, who already 
idolizes Brittany Spears at age four and 
Jake, who at age two cheerfully headbutts 
everyone he meets. I am still grinding it out 
as a lawyer; I am a partner at Latham & 
Watkins focusing on the energy industry. I 
have stayed in touch with Noone, but I 
think of many of you often and I am 
looking forward to the next big reunion in 
a couple of years." Dave's email address is 
David. Schwartz@LW com. 

Barbara Mackay-Smith has joined 
the ranks of the fecund. She emailed in July 
the announcement of the birth of Rachel 
Frances Yoder on July 15, 2000. She 
emailed again recently to say: "I am taking 
six months off from flying to focus on full 
time motherhood. Rachel is everything I 
could have wanted. Michael is a wonderful 
Dad and other than total sleep deprivation, 
I am loving it." 

Chap Mayo: I got a distressing email 
from Lohini in late July Chapman had a 
VERY serious accident playing ice hockey, 
and fractured his leg in two places. He had 
a surgery or two, some heavy-duty nar- 
cotics, and quite a bit of pain. The good 
news is that a more recent email says: 
"While I was lying there in pain, waiting to 
be carried off the ice, I had visions of John 
Nye and the vicious leg checks he used to 
throw. Breaking your leg is a major incon- 
venience, especially when you have young 
children. Hopefully I will be off the 
crutches in October, and back in the game 
of life. Things are well in Minnesota (Mr. 
Meechum can we get a ruling on that: 
"Things are well"? Is that correct?) Hugh 
started kindergarten this fall and Hazen 
started preschool. It's hard to believe how 
fast they are growing up. Last night I 
watched Hugh playing soccer; actually I 
watched him staring up into the sky, alone 
at one end of the field, while the masses 
swarmed the ball at the other. Not quite 
ready for the j.v.s." 

Jane (Boisvert) Burns: " After six 
years of wedded bliss, Greg and I decided to 
take the big leap. Now I am three weeks 
away from delivery (due date in early 
October, 2000). We don't know the sex, are 
still debating over names and are trying not 
to panic. I'll be taking three months off 
from work and then returning to Comverse 
Network Systems where I am a technical 
recruiter. If Martha's husband Gary and 
Charlie Sullivan get tired of working at 
Kronos, they should call me (after January). 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 43 

class notes 

Hello to everyone." 

Trina Chiara writes as follows: "Yeah, 
I am pregnant. Just passed the three-month 
mark. We are pretty happy and petrified 
about it! Other than that, still working and 
living in Connecticut. Get to see Heather 
and Joe and Ashley and Katie occasionally. 
Hi to everyone." Chuck Yerkes: Not preg- 
nant. Writes: "Sorry, no real news to report. 
No houses bought, no chilluns borned, no 
Is publicy offered. So I'll sit this one out." 
Bob Low: Also not pregnant. Sent a post- 
card in July: "I just finished a great lacrosse 
season (12-1) at Holderness. Big win over 
Andover is dedicated to Heb & Andy. 
Looking forward to playing GDA in soccer 
and hockey this year." Also sent an email in 
September: " Soccer is going well. Coach 
Perry Nelson brought his team up for our 
Jamboree. Finally got my hands on a copy 
of Heb and Andy's Lacrosse Fundamentals. 
No other news." 

Will Friend: "No news to report. Still 
looking for JP [John Parker] if anyone 
knows where he is. Emily is five; Willie just 
turned one. Thanks for your efforts in 
keeping us all in touch!"Will's email is: 
WFriend@cabbottrust. com. 

Martha (Lawlor) Krauch's husband 
Gary writes that he "is living his life-long 
dream of living in a house surrounded by 
beautiful girls. Martha is taking some time 
off from teaching to care for Emily (just 
started kindergarten), Charlotte, age two, 
and newest addition, Eliza, born on the 3rd 
of July" Claire (Dober) Danaher: "By the 
time the Archon goes to print in October, I 
hope to be comfortably settled in Sewanee, 
TN. Bill got a teaching job at the 
University of the Souths School of 
Theology, and my future is somewhat fuzzy 
- professionally, that is. I'll do some con- 
sulting for Yale, as I evaluate my options. In 
the meantime, had a lovely summer, which 
ended with a Nantucket vacation. Phoebe 
had a blast in the water and on the bike. 
Thanks for all of your Archon notes work; I 
love reading them. If anyone is in Tennessee 
or the Chattanooga area, come up the 
mountain for a visit. Yankees have been 
known to offer hospitality on occasion." 

Phil Parry: No note, but I did get a 
card inviting me to an open house cele- 
brating the opening of Philip Parry, PC. in 
Merrimac, MA. Phil is apparently practicing 
law in Massachusetts. He is married to 
Denise.The card didn't mention children, 
but that's probably because it was an open 
house for the law practice, not an Archon 
reply card. Nancy Wickwire: "Had a great 

summer, except for the rainy days in late 
July and August. Fast Ed has started kinder- 
garten, soccer and swimming. Suddenly, I 
am overscheduling my son! Sister Layla (aka 
"The Hellion") just celebrated her 2nd 
birthday. Between work, housework, food 
prep, baths and bedtimes I seem to put in a 
27-hour day. But hectic can be fun, if you're 
busy doing something that you love. Which 
I am. Keep those cards and letters 

Sloan Tyler says: "I am the legal 
officer for the Integrated Support 
Command in Kodiak, AK. Jim McCauley 
and I had a son, Graham Michael born 
Feb. 19, 2000. Our daughter Madison is 
doing wonderfully and is finishing kinder- 
garten. I have e-mailed Martha Krauch 
and she sounds wonderful. Hope all is well 
with the Class of 1982!" Erica Norton 
Lewis says: "I am a mother of four now, 
Cam (7), Hannah (6), Chloe (3) and Parker 
(1). I five in Sherborn and am happy to be 
a stay-at-home mum! I look forward to 
hearing about everyone in each of the 
Archons. Hope all are well." Mark Miller 
reports: "Diane and I are approaching our 
12th wedding anniversary. Shelby (9) and 
Jeffrey (7) are getting ready for softball and 
baseball this spring. We've been inTyngsboro 
for six years and enjoy it. They haven't 
kicked us out yet." 

Secretary Needed 

Steve Nicholson and Erika Walberg 

report Christian Anders was born in May. 
He has an older sister Olivia who is seven. 
Adam Hirshfield married Marlene 
Markard on May 6, 2000 in New York 
City. Had incredible Honeymoon —Venice, 
Florence, Santa Margarita and Monglo. 
Greg Menyhart reports: "I'm still living in 
Merritt Island, FL and along with my 
brother Mike '81, am still running our 
manufacturing company, Migrandy 
Corporation. The big news is that last year 
June 26th, I was re-married to a wonderful 
woman named Janelle. The really big news is 
we just had a baby boy named Blake Hess 
Menyhart, on Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 
4:01 p.m. His birth weight and length was 9 
lbs. 10 oz. and 21 inches long. These last few 
weeks have been a little sleepless, but I 
wouldn't have it any other way. I saw Bart 
Calder last year and we keep in touch via 
email on a regular basis. Not to give any- 
thing away, he also got re-married last year, 

Basketball Hall of Fame 

Andre LaFleur '84 has been 
elected to the Northeastern Hall of 
Fame for his achievements in the sport 
of basketball. Class of 1988 at 
Northeastern, LaFleur was one of the 
school's premier point guards. A native 
of Los Angeles, LaFlur was named a 
"product of Governor Dummer 
Academy" in a recent Northeastern 
publication. In his college career, he 
played 4405 minutes in 128 consecutive 
games, more than any other Husky, past 
or present. He scored 1 1 43 career 
points, graduating as the tenth all-time 
leading scorer in Northeastern history. 
His record of 894 assists still stands in 
the top ten NCAA career assists records 
of all time. After 1 3 years of pro basket- 
ball, LaFleur is completing his degree at 
Northeastern this year, and will then 
return to his home in Sydney, Australia, 
where he lives with his wife and son. 

is still working for Sun Micro Systems and is 
now living in San Jose, California. Rick 
Stram just emailed me last week. He is 
coming down here to Florida to visit some 
clients in June. We plan on getting together 
when he gets into town." 


44 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 


Cathy Scerbo 

35 Winterberry Lane 

Stratham, NH 03885 

(603) 778-3169 (home) 

(603) 245-4324 (work) 

I have many notes of your accomplish- 
ments and joys that I will keep for the next 
issue of the Archon. This one is dedicated to 
the memory of a classmate. I received the 
following news from Gerry Tallman 
regarding his recent loss of a dear friend. "It 
is with great sadness that I write you. I 
want to let the Class of '84 know that 
Brian O'Dell passed away from leukemia 
on Saturday October 28th. Brian was my 
best friend for the past 20 years. He spoke 
and thought often about his time at GDA, 
though he kept in touch with only a 
handful of his GDA friends over the past 
few years. Brian hadn't changed much from 
when he was a student at GDA. He had a 
job as a portfolio manager in Boston and a 
family that he adored and to whom he was 
absolutely devoted. But when we would 
visit with each other it was just like days 
gone by at GDA. Brian was competitive at 
everything. He loved to win no matter the 
game that was being played. Brian fought 
hard against his cancer, but in the end, even 
someone as strong as Brian couldn't win 
that fight." On behalf of the Class of 1984, 1 
would like to extend our condolences to 
Gerry and to Brian's family and friends for 
their tragic loss. 

Nathalie E. Ames 
2337 N Commonwealth 
Avenue-Apartment IE 
Chicago, IL 60614 
(773) 883-1325 

Hi, it was great to see everyone at our 
15th year reunion! It had been years since I 
had seen some of our classmates. It was 
wonderful to meet everyone's significant 
others and the children. I can't believe 15 
years has gone by. First with our class notes 
I would like to congratulate Ben 
Armstrong on his marriage to Anne. They 
were married in the GDA chapel on July 
7th. Sean Mahoney and Rob Cloutier 
were there. I heard it was beautiful. Raquel 
Ardito-Barletta took a little vacation, 
leaving her husband and daughter at home, 
flew up from Panama for the reunion to see 
friends including Vicky deLisle and 
Stephanie (Darrizo) Migliozzi and Jeff 
Taft. Stephanie now has three beautiful 
daughters. Jeff said attended Alvin 
Thompson's wedding in Virginia - who is 
now living in Atlanta. Dinah Daley 

Class of 1985 at Reunion 2000: Meredith Lazo McPheron and Ben, Katrina Russo Ramsey, 
Becky Chase Werner and Lindsey, Nathalie Ames 

couldn't make it to reunion but sends her 
best to everyone. 

Kate (Appleton) Fitzpatrick and 
her husband John watched their two 
daughters Emily and Ann run in the chil- 
dren's race on Saturday morning. Kate also 
ran in the pie race. Sean Fleming came 
from Toronto for the reunion. He is 
teaching physics at the University of 
Toronto. His email address is: He hopes 
everyone is well! Lexi (Osgood) 
Migliorini and her son, Lerenzo, came to 
the reunion from Florida. Diane Frangos- 
Walsh and husband Micha, arrived with 
Jeanne Smith and her fiance. Jeanne will be 
married in November - Congratulations!! 
Diane and Micha have a 14-month-old son 
named Michael. Anthony Fusco (who 
helped organize the reunion) and Nolden 
Johnson were at the reunion with their 
spouses, as well as Stephanie (Gardner) 
Ginsberg with her husband. They have a 
two-year-old son named Drew. Stephanie 
told me that Paula (Goldberg) Madoff is 
still living in New York and has a son 
named Alex. 

Meredith (Lazo) McPherron and 
her husband Matt brought their two sons, 
Max (18 months) and Ben (four weeks). 
Meredith says she is enjoying motherhood. 
"We are still in Wellesley MA. On May 4, 
2000, we welcomed our 2nd son, Benjamin 
Nathan McPherron, into the world. I left 
my job asVP of Marketing for Direct Hit 
Technologies when we were acquired by 
ASK Jeeves. I plan to take the summer off 
and then go to work with another start-up." 

Michael Terrile and his wife Heather 
said they keep in touch with Andy Webber. 

Andy is living in Mammoth, CA with his 
long time girl friend. They have a three- 
year-old son named Everest. It was also 
great to see Becky (Chase) Werner, 
Katrina (Russo) Ramsey and Peter 
Quimby. All brought their families. The 
kids spent a lot of time playing and running 
around campus together. It is amazing how 
quickly they are all growing up. 

Jim Tagg recently made a career 
change. After 12 years (five years as a 
partner) he has resigned to become the 
president ofTrademark Corporation. Busy 
exploring strategic business alliances and 
securing venture capital. IPO or LBO may 
be in the future! Best wishes to all. Jeff, you 
haven't changed a bit. Sam Blatchford 
says: "Family doing very well. The children 
are keeping us busy. Olivia is 10, Charlie is 
8,Toma is 7 and Chloe is 6. We are moving 
to Montreal, Canada by the end of summer. 
Heading up a new division called Canam 

Laura and I are doing well in Chicago. 
We had a fun summer. I went white water 
rafting twice in Idaho and we spent some 
time in Indiana at my parent's house. Laura 
started first grade this fall. She has the same 
first grade teacher I had 28 years ago. I 
hope everyone is well!! 

Send it in! 

The next deadline for news is 
February 15. 

Send class notes to, tel. 

978-499-3185, or 

fax 978-462-1319. 

The Archon — Winter 2000-0 1 45 

lass notes 


Jennifer Dupre 

6 Grant Avenue 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 

(617) 248-7216 

Jennifer. dupre@genzyme 

15th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

Hedi Dur Charde is still working in 
Concord, MA. Taught French at Concord 
Academy this year, part-time and spent the 
rest of the time with Nicholas, almost two 
years old. Anne Pollock says: "Hope all is 
well in Mass. I hear through the grapevine 
that Jennifer Glesmann is engaged. I 
would love to hear from her and many 
others. My email address is anne.pollock@ I would love to share with her 
that I am pregnant and due in late 
September." John Huard, Jr. was married 
to Sarah Catherine Mahoney in 
Providence, RI on August 19. John is cur- 
rently an account executive at JJ Sloane 
Associates in Boston. The couple lives in 
West Roxbury, MA. 


Pamela L. Paradee 

169 Bellevue Street 

Winooski, VT 05404 

(802) 655-7618 

troynpam@together. net 

Lucy Armstrong says: "Since gradu- 
ating from the Yale School of Management 
in May, 1999, 1 have been working for a 
start-up consulting firm in Cambridge 
called Stax Inc. I have also been busy plan- 
ning my wedding to Thilo Henkes which 
will take place in Newburyport and Byfield 
on September 2, 2000!" 


Deana G. Boyages 

1 44 Jefferson's Hundres 

Williamsburg, VA 23185 

(757) 565-3746 

dboyages @msn . com 

Hi everyone, Greetings from VIR- 
GINIA! I am so glad to hear from so many 
of you. It does make reading the notes from 
the Archon "old news", but thanks for all 
the info. The theme for this quarters notes 
is BABIES, MARRIAGE and more 
BABIES! We have so many people in our 
class expecting here are some quotes... 

Paul Bucci: "I have a son Brett who is 
15 months and my wife is expecting 

46 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 

Deana Boyages' '88 children, Alexis (4), 
Noelle (3), and Sophia (6 months). 

another baby in a few weeks (August or 
thereabouts). I am working for Sovereign 
Bank in the finance area." Andy Noel: 
"My wife, Kate and I are expecting our 
second child in early January. Lucy, our first, 
is 13 months old. We are doing well. I was 
at the Salisbury School this past year where 
I was working as an Admissions Associate 
and coaching hockey and baseball. In May, I 
was contacted about a great opportunity at 
Choate Rosemary Hall. I will be starting 
there in mid-August. I think we have had 
enough moving for a few years!. We are 
excited about the opportunity to be at such 
a prestigious school. We recently had a 
chance to spend the afternoon with the 
Moodys. Alex and his wife, Kristen, have a 
son Sawyer, who is several months younger 
than Lucy. We really enjoyed the afternoon 
together, and I think the kids did too! I 
hope to hear news about how Chris 
D'Orio, Martin LaCroix and Derek 
Sullivan are doing. I have not heard from 
you guys in awhile!" Please send a note to 
Andy at his new address:The Noels, 361 
North Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492. 
I will take a second to say that I would like 
to hear from Chris and Dana too! Don't 
feel bad though Andy, because Chris has a 
hard time keeping in touch with anyone! (I 
feel the need to say this to a huge audience 
in order to shame our friend into corre- 

Reena (Manimaleth) Thomas also 
is having a baby "Hi guys! We are living in 
Augusta, GA now! Anyone for The Masters 
2001? We get tickets. Went this year and 
had a great time. I am expecting our first 
baby on July 20. We just bought our first 
house and are feeling "old and settled". Life 
is great though, heard from Jill [Goldman] 
Miller, Michelle Bolyea and Erin 
[Saunders] Braunstein. Erika Saywich 
Buell also had a baby this spring, around 

the same time as me. She writes, "I'm 
taking one of the few free moments I have 
these days to write to you and let you 
know the latest news. Sam and I have a 
new baby girl! As you certainly know, the 
first months are tough — I barely leave the 
house, but she's a joy and is starting to focus 
on faces and smile. Her name is Madeleine 
Warren Buell." I have seen her, on the Beth 
Israel web site and I am so happy for you 
Erika!! We tried to get a picture for the 
Archon from the web site but it was taken 
off too soon. 

I had a baby girl May 19th, Sophia 
Rosalie Boyages. I am having so much fun 
with the kids. Three girls!!! We are in the 
process of moving to Williamsburg, VA as I 
write you actually. Anyone that is even 
remotely in the area, please call. I would 
love to see you. To finish our baby news I 
have personally spoken with Annie 
Weitzman Kandel and she is expecting 
her second baby, a boy, in January. Her first 
daughter Abigail, SOUNDS very cute but 
her mom hasn't sent me a picture yet. If you 
think Abby is very young you would only 
be partially right, she was one in May!!!!!! I 
also keep in touch with John Khantzian. 
He got married and his wife is due in 
October. He sounds good and is also con- 
sidering a move from Rhode Island back to 
Massachusetts. That is all the baby "stuff". 

Now for weddings. JB Burgess wrote, 
"I just got back from my honeymoon in 
Hawaii. I married Suzanne Marie Hebel. 
She and I both work at Fidelity Investments 
in Boston and live in Newton. Jim 
Sullivan attended the wedding." JB also 
bumped into Dr. Todd O'Brien. Todd 
PLEASE WRITE SOON!!!!!! Kristina 
von Trapp Frame and Megan Murphy 
Fabrega also wrote about Kristina's wed- 
ding this summer. Kristina writes, "I'm still 
out in Colorado in Snowmass/Aspen area. 
Bought 36 acres and we are building a log 
cabin this fall. I was married to Walter B. 
Frame III from Waterville, ME on June 3rd 
with support from a great group of GDA 
friends. Heidi Danielson Stevens was a 
bridesmaid. Also in attendance: Heather 
Hinrichs, Dan Morison, Jenny 
Petcheck, Tica Barry Lubin, Meganne 
Murphy Fabrega, Nancy Hough, 
Damon Kinzie. Meganne writes, "Nancy 
Hough and I went to visit the Lichts.You 
would not believe how grown up Meg and 
Emily are — especially compared to Rick 
and Karen!! Then we went to Kristina von 
Trapp Frame's wedding which was 
amazing. Tica was there with her new baby 

[another baby!!] I'm living in Portsmouth, 
NH and enjoying the summer. 

Mark Juba also joined the ranks of 
the newly married last May. "It's been a 
great year personally but a crazy year pro- 
fessionally. A week after I got back from my 
honeymoon last year, my company was 
sold. That's when I learned the game of 
professional hopscotch, jumping to four dif- 
ferent jobs in the same year. I finally found 
something I like. I am now the editor of 
Neighbors magazine, a weekly publication 
that covers the towns of Cumberland and 
Lincoln, RI. My wife Stacy and I passed 
our one year anniversary in May. Stacy just 
got a new job at the MIAA, which governs 
high school sports in MA. So yes, believe it 
or not, after seven years as a 
sportswriter/sportscaster, I'm not working 
in sports anymore but my wife is. For fun 
we are planning a trip to Rome in the fall 
and then will probably start shopping for a 
house. Hope everyone is safe, healthy and 
pursuing their dream. Take care, all." 

All of that aside I also heard from a 
few other classmates. Jill Packard wrote 
me a list of four things to tell everyone. 1) 
She just got engaged to Scott Plumer on 
August 12th in Nantucket and is planning a 
May 5th wedding in Bedford, NH! 2) She 
joined a rock band as their lead singer. Did 
anyone hear her practicing in the Pierce 
bathroom?? The name of the band is 
Johnny Postal. They plan to play some gigs 
in the spring. 3) She is working on her 
master's in counseling psychology. 4) She 
would like everyone to go and see Jenny 
Reynolds perform because "she's out- 
standing"! Jill, thanks for the list. It is about 
where I am mentally these days. Lists are 
good!! John Sullivan wrote that he just 
finished playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night 
and his latest short film Spreading The 
News will premiere at the anti-Republican 
convention film festival. 

Now I was shocked to hear from the 
last entry. Carlos Brockmann has had 
quite a few adventures since we heard from 
him. He writes, "I happened to get this 
years note for the Archon for about the first 
time in five years. Life had been somewhat 
uncertain of late but it has stabilized. . . 
After GDA I went through several coun- 
tries and many odd moves, the last one 
being Cuba a couple of years ago, out of 
which I got deported. I had a job in an 
Internet company in NYC late last year but 
as life may have it I ended up back in 
Mexico and now I head five different com- 
panies, all related to real estate development, 
company management, and lease adminis- 
tration. I am the president of the only 
known scholarship foundation in the 
country which gives grants for higher edu- 

cation abroad. I guess once you look back 
over time it is a wild ride after all." Carlos 
has also seen Cabot Orton sporadically 
over the past few years. Thanks for all the 
updates and if you didn't send the card in 
last time please do this next time. I am glad 
to hear from all of you and look forward to 
hearing from everyone soon. 


Kristin Brown 

48 Prospect Street 

Newburyport, MA 01950 

(978) 465-8720 

Greetings Class of '89! I have lots of 
news for you - some old and some new, so 
I am apologizing in advance if anything I 
say here is out of date! I have heard from a 
good number of you over the course of last 
winter through the summer and here is 
what you had to say... Tina Hilliker wrote 
to say that she had been travelling in 
Ireland. She did a bike tour of the south- 
west part and it was wonderful. She also 
moved to a new apartment in Amherst, NY. 
She saw Allison Hyder and was planning 
on attending Allison's wedding in 
September. Congratulations, Allison! By the 
time this issue goes to print I imagine you 
will have celebrated the big day. Jessica 
(Cowles) Pidgeon writes that things are 
moving on smoothly in Maine. She 
encourages everyone to come visit her, she 
is only 20 minutes from Acadia National 
Park. She is still teaching aerobics and Will, 
their son, is keeping her busy. She says, "He 
is a doll and we are hoping for another 
little Pidgeon sometime soon!" 

Adam Barton wrote to say that 
"everything is going great here in 
Michigan. The kids are enjoying the warm 
summer weather, especially little Emma (4 
mos.)." I hope they enjoy the upcoming 
cold winter weather as well Adam! John 
Heller man wrote that "everything is fan- 
tastic." He and his wife planned a won- 
derful vacation to the British Virgin Islands 
last February - their first vacation in three 
years! I hope it was worth the wait, John. 
He also wrote that "work is great - the 
company keep getting bigger and the pro- 
jects keep getting better. Currently, I'm 
advising the Canadian government during 
its $1 billion suit against RJR." Keep up the 
good work! 

Jenn (Cowles) Snyder says that "Life 
is moving at the speed of light." She and 
Dave bought a house in Topsfield, near 
town. They moved in last December. They 
also got a dog, a two-year-old from the 
MSPCA and she is wonderful. Alison 
Williams writes "Hello everyone! I am still 
at Granite Bank but I am looking for a job 

in the social work field as I continue 
working towards my master's degree at 
UNH. Greg is now working for Morgan 
Stanley Dean Witter, so he is home more to 
help as we remodel our house." Heather 
Mosher wrote to say she was getting mar- 
ried in June to a lovely man from Dublin. 
So by now she should be married. 
Congratulations Heather. And, as she wrote, 
"Slain go foill" (goodbye for now). 

Jen Ashare has "retired" from the legal 
business. She finished up last February and 
moved to her sister's in Long Island. She 
spent a good chunk of the summer studying 
for the bar exam in New York and started 
her new job August 1st as the Event 
Supervisor for George Little Management. 
She will be working mostly on trade shows. 
Her new office is in White Plains and she 
was planning on moving closer to work 
soon. John Wilson and his wife Kelly suf- 
fered through the sweltering heat of the 
many Texas heat waves this summer. They 
also have some 'wonderful news, they are 
expecting the arrival of a little Wilson in 
January. This will be the first grandchild for 
Kelly's parents and the first grandchild that 
John's parents will be able to see growing up 
in their hometown. John writes that 
"everyone is excited, especially the mother- 
to-be. Everyone wants to know if it is a boy 
or a girl, but we are old fashioned and are 
planning to wait until the arrival ."John also 
invited anyone in the Dallas area to give 
them a call. Congratulations, John and Kelly! 

Joseph Lipchitz writes: "After gradu- 
ating from Suffolk Law School in 1996, 1 
joined the U.S. Army Judge Advocate 
Generals Corps to be a military prosecutor. 
I recently got out of the Army and am 
working as a litigator at the Boston Law 
firm of Montz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, 
Glovsky and Poysko. 

Renee Jespersen writes that life in 
Washington DC. is "Sooooo Goooood." 
She is in the midst of her third year surgical 
residency. Way to go, Renee. Ashley 
Newbert recently started a new job, 
although still at Fidelity. She is living in 
downtown Newport (RI) and enjoyed the 
summer being near the beach. Her parents 
sold the Broad Street house that many of us 
know so well from our high school days, 
but are moving to a house even closer to 
GDA, on the Parker River. 

Alex Moody wrote with lots of news: 
"I am in my second year at Brooks. I am 
teaching math and finance, coaching 
hockey and lacrosse, and doing Admissions 
in the Fall. My wife, Kristin, now works at 
Nashoba Brooks School in Concord. Our 
son, Sawyer Sumner Moody will be 1 on 
December 26, 2000. Kevin Lydon left the 
business world and will be teaching, 

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coaching soccer, hockey and lacrosse and 
doing some admissions for Cardigan 
Mountain. This is a great lifestyle move for 
Kevin. He will be great at it. Derek 
Sullivan lives down the street from me in 
North Andover. He and his wife Kim and 
son Jack are doing great. I recently saw 
Chris D'Orio '88 at the Maine/BC 
Hockey East final game at the Fleet Center. 
He and his family are doing well. I saw 
'Fatty' Eric Lacroix play against the 
Bruins. He looked good in a Rangers uni- 
form. I tried to get his attention, but he was 
mumbling French to one of his teammates 
and would not look up. He needs to send 
some tickets my way. When I was in 
Anaheim, CA for Hockey Night In 
Boston/admissions trip, I met a guy who 
plays hockey with Nick Vachon '91and 
Martin Lacroix. If they read this, tell them 
to stop hiding and call some of us. I am 
getting old because I was the hockey coach 
for a GDA kid on Team Midwest who 
actually lived in my room in Cottage!" 

Thanks for all the info, Alex. I am sure 
many of our classmates are eager to hear 
what these guys are up to! As for me, I am 
still working at Pingree. I really enjoy the 
break from working at a boarding school 
and I really like the Pingree community. I 
am no longer living on Plum Island but I 
am living in a great apartment in down- 
town Newburyport. So, if anyone is up in 
the GDA direction, give me a call! Thanks 
for all of you who wrote in. Again, I apolo- 
gize if some of the info is outdated and I 
look forward to hearing from more of you 
the next time around! Take care. 

Robin A. Remick 
1088 Park Avenue, Apt. 1C 
New York, New York 10128 

(212) 534-9454 



Lori I. Weener 

331 Garden Street, #2 

Hoboken, NJ 01030 


lweener@khny. com 

Nicole LaTour 

310 West 18th Street, #2C 

New York, NY 10011 

(212) 675-4222 

\aton33 1 @newschool. edu 


10th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

It was ice to hear from so many of you 
this time around, many of whom I have not 
heard from in years. Giovanni Pacelli and 
his family are now living in Montreal where 
is a Tax Manager with E &Y.They will 
probably be in Canada for the next two 
years and then return to Texas or perhaps 
Europe or Australia. Bethany Stewart is in 
San Diego working for the American Heart 
Association in Communications, but is 
moving back to Boston in September to be 
closer to her family. Bethany says that "all in 
all I'm pretty damn happy." She keeps in 
touch with Michelle Smith who lives in 
Berkley, CA and Liza Loughman who is 
living in Oxford England with her husband, 
and also keeps in touch with Jon Greene. 
Bethany's email is bethany@ 
She says that by publishing her email address 
she might inspire some of you MIA's to get 
back in touch. I hope she's right. 

Liza Loughman herself also dropped 
me a line, she is settled in Oxford, England 
with her husband Neil, who is soon to be a 
airline pilot for British Midland, and she is 
working as a marketing communications 
manager at PSION who make "nifty hand- 
held computers." Liza plans on making it 
back home for our 10th reunion. Andy 
Tanton is living in Baltimore where he has 
been working at Deutsche Alex Brown for 
the last 5 years. He ran into Phil Gatchell 
and Graeme Jones at Todd Graff's wed- 
ding in Cincinnati. Congratulations Todd. 
Andy also sees Dave Graichen often, who 
works at First Union in Baltimore. Dave and 
his wife Dawn are expecting a new addition 
to their family, congratulations Dave! 

Speaking of new additions, Mia 
Lindenfelzer Kerns and her husband 
Andrew welcomed their first child, Brady 
Andrew on June 5, 2000 _ congratulations 
to Mia and Andrew. Megan Price Hight 
is also expecting her first baby at the end of. 
October. They know that it is going to be a 
boy and they will call him Jamie. Megan is 
enjoying married life in Lansdale, PA and is 
working as the assistant director of a 
Knowledge Learning center called Magic 

Years in Bryn Mawr. Regan Jones is living 
with her boyfriend Scott and getting her 
master's degree in special education. Caren 
Lee Walker was married to James Travis on 
June 24, 2000. Caren is working on a 
master's of science degree in accounting. 
Lindsey Miller is living in Boston and 
graduated from Harvard school of 
Education with a master's in education this 
May. She is now the director of admissions 
at the Tower School in Marblehead. 

As for me, I am still here in the big 
apple finishing a degree at Parsons School of 
Design and working for an interior designer 
in Soho. I traveled a lot this summer 
including a whirlwind tour of Spain with 
Karen Queen. Needless to say Spain may 
never be the same, and the language depart- 
ment should know that Karen and I 
depended on our French to see us through 
the hard times. Karen graduated from 
Northeastern Law School this May and is 
now working in Boston at the law firm of 
Foley, Hoag & Eliot. Karen and I will be 
bridesmaids at the wedding of Catherine 
Tuthill and Billy Batchelder on October 
8, 2000. Billy and Catherine are moving to 
San Francisco where Billy will be working 
for EMC. Congratulations to Cat and Billy! 
That's the scoop for now, stay in touch and 
don't forget our 10th reunion is right 
around the corner June 2001! 


Joshua C. Lappin 

36 Chestnut Street #6 

Worcester, MA 01609 

(508) 754-5834 

jlappin @earthlink. net 

In the second grade, we learn about 
sharing as an important character lesson. We 
take this lesson with us through our child- 
hood and young adult life. Today, in the 
complicated realm of alumni communica- 
tions, sharing remains our focus. It keeps us 
united as a class and maintains the relation- 
ships that were vital in our development as 
adolescents, and stuff. Thus I shall begin the 
sharing: Chris Ruggerio has moved back 
to the Boston area and is now employed by 
Xpedite in Dedham and is living in 
Somerville. Also back in Boston, Brooke 
Whiting has finished her graduate degree 
in Virginia and is now back in the local 
area. Yet another classmate back in 
Beantown is Jackie Hogan who has 
started her master's degree at the Visionaries 
Institute of Suffolk University in philan- 
thropy and media. Jackie writes that fife is 

48 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

good. Life is also good with Erin Elwell, 

who is now known as Erin Rich. Yes, Erin 
was married to Eric Rich in May in 
Newburyport with 15 GDA attendees 
there to watch. A great time was had by all. 
Erin will also be finishing her master's in 
Occupational Therapy at BU this winter. 

Unfortunately, all was not so good for 
Miles vanRensselaer earlier this year. 
"From hurling titanium mortar shells from 
rooftops in Williamsburg on New Years, to 
snapping my collar bone while skiing in 
NH in March, to totaling my Jeep in April 
and winding up in intensive care via heli- 
copter... "This was particularly bad seeing as 
how he had dropped the blaster at the 
booby hatch no more than 24 hours before. 
However, things are okay now but Miles still 
has to return the human skull. (DIS- 
CLAIMER: Josh is responsible for reporting 
classmate news, not interpreting it.) Out on 
the west coast, Jon Patrick Costello is 
employed at in Los 
Angeles, and is enjoying playing guitar in a 
group. Javier Braun also arrived in Los 
Angeles this summer and is now beginning 
his MBA at the Anderson School of 
UCLA. Javier and his wife enjoyed an 
exciting summer traveling through France, 
Spain and Morocco. Javier previously 
worked as the Commercial Senior Manager 
for Pegaso PCS, a wireless telecommunica- 
tions company based in Mexico City who 
has partners such as Sprint PCS, 
Qualcomm, and Citibank. Javier still finds 
time to play soccer every weekend. 

Down south, Toby Harris is under- 
going some successful career changes. After 
finishing as the leading scorer in the 
Western Professional League for the 
Rattlers, Toby is off to Amarillo, Texas to be 
a player/ assistant coach in this his 4th year 
as a pro. Toby writes that he's always happy 
to get people tickets for a game if anyone is 
passing through the area! Down in Miami, 
not too far from South Beach, Joe 
Montminy is now a DA. Joe finished his 
law degree this summer and is enjoying his 
emergence into the real world. Up further 
north in New Jersey, Cassie Wickes is 
working in the admissions office at The 
Hun School of Princeton. Cassie writes, 
"It's just like old times. I live on campus 
with the kids in the dorm." Cassie hears 
from Amy Daniels and Saundra Watson 
in Boston, Danielle Dupre in Texas (who 
is engaged), and Candice Denby who is 
in Denver for one more year. Candice is 
working at Rhythms, a start up company 
that is growing quickly. Jason Pierce is also 
living in Denver anxiously awaiting ski 
season. After Jason finished undergrad at 
University of Denver he started working at 
The Integer Group, an advertising agency. 

May 2000 wedding of Erin Elwell Rich '92 (left to right, back): Josh Lappin '92, Robert Anderson (former 

faculty), Bill Whiting '59, Erin, John Elwell '60, Thomas Forcier '92, Brooke Wliiting '92, David Abusamra 

(faculty); (front) Grace Jones '92, Sally Simpkins '92, Use Abusamra '93, Ram Kurtz '92, Laurel Abusamra 

(faculty), Christina Morss '922, Carolyn Mclnnis DiGiammo '92. 

Jason is now a manager of e-commerce, 
creating e-commerce and online marketing 
strategy for his clients. Jason is also working 
on his MBA at night. 

Barry Hugo reports: "Things are 
going well. I am working in the ER for my 
first month. Our house is really nice. I do 
not know if I told you about it, but it is 
right on the ocean, so it is nice to come 
home and see the Atlantic from our win- 
dows. If you ever feel like visiting, please 
do. Amy and I have a pull-out couch and a 
futon. All of the other pediatric interns are 
cool, so this shouldn't be so bad." Devin 
Sullivan has left the financial world and is 
now working for a small company in 
Concord (MA) called Corporate Casuals. 
Devin invites all who are interested to 
check out the website at corporatecasuals. 
com. Grace Jeanes is starting her MBA 
Program at UMass-Lowell this fall, going 
full-time and taking care of the dogs and 
birds at home. Grace enjoyed spending time 
in Provincetown this summer where there 
was lots of lots of sun, biking, kayaking, and 
good food. Jon Kazanjian is now the 
youngest superintendent working at the Big 
Dig. Unfortunately, Jon recently screwed up 
the tunnel for everyone (don't ask how) 
and it will be at least another 10-15 years 
before it's done. Sorry. 

Ted Capless writes: "I figured it was 
about time I write and let a few people at 
GDA know what I've been up to. I've been 
engaged for almost a year to my Bucknell 
College sweetheart, Alisha Brown, and we 

plan a May 19, 2001 wedding in 
Pennsylvania with a honeymoon planned 
for Grand Cayman! We live in Charlotte, 
NC and I'm still working for IBM Global 
Services and getting the opportunity to see 
the world with trips to UK, Holland, 
Belgium and all over the U.S. as well. I 
haven't talked to anyone from school in 
almost a year. . .so I'm wondering what 
everyone's been up to. Eliot, Colgate, Scully, 
Livingston (new married name?) and 
Mulloy etc. Take care." 

Speaking of engaged, I guess it's my 
turn. Yes, I too am an engaged man. This 
summer I proposed to Mara FitzPatrick 
who is a second grade teacher at Bancroft 
School where I worked for three years. 
Mara and I will be getting married next 
July in Newton. Joe Montminy and Jon 
Kazanjian will be in the wedding. Also, I 
have left teaching for a year in order to 
pursue a master's degree in Educational 
Administration at Boston College. 
Hopefully I will be done in time to go 
back to teaching next fall. That's all for now. 
Keep the sharing flowing. 

Hoyt Morgan writes: "I've signed on 
to join Express Action (wwwexpressac- Express Action is the first mover 
in a market with huge potential: global e- 
commerce fulfillment (this means that you 
can ship from anywhere in the world to 
anywhere in the world (currently we do 
from the U.S. to anywhere the total solu- 
tion will be ready by Q3) — we handle all 
cost and settlement for shipping, taxes, cus- 

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toms, tariffs, etc. The b2c e-commerce 
potential is huge, but the ramifications for 
b2b trade, import and export could be even 
bigger. We're all very excited here. I'm 
heading up channel business development — 
this entails (pay attention mom) doing deals 
with large strategic partners that will then 
deploy our solution to all their partners. 
Examples targets are Scient, IBM Global 
Services, Broadvision, Cybersource, 
Fingerhut, etc. I also will have a hand in the 
ecommerce site efforts (,,, etc. So, if you 
have any ideas, leads, interest or other part- 
ners (and for us too)!" 


Nancy Stevenson 

141 State Street, Apt. 9 

Portsmouth, NH 03801 

(603) 430-3101 
nancy @pinnaclejobs. com 

The 2000/2001 year at GDA is about 
to begin and I am happy to say that our 
seven-year absence from the school is 
inspiring some alums (many who were 
thought to be missing) to finally write in. I 
have come to realize that the range we 
cover (in terms of location) could offer 
some great options for travel. Someone else 
who has apparently discovered this, though 
way ahead of me, is Ilse Abusamra. She 
ran a marathon in San Diego, CA in June 
but went back out to California in late July 
with her parents. They traveled the coast in 
search of fine wine, celebrities and good 
weather. Upon her return to NY where she 
is busy at Vassar, she got ready to do an 
elaborate wedding circuit covering both 
coasts. She is now getting ready to spend a 
"quiet" weekend in Bar Harbor for Labor 
Day only to start up the busy travel season 
of a college admissions counselor when she 
returns. She might have planned to visit 
Archie Seale out in Wisconsin but this 
year she won't have to go as far; Archie is 
living in Boston with his girlfriend 
preparing to take computer courses at 
Boston University. 

However, the winner for greatest dis- 
tance in this edition is Sani Silvennoinen. 
Sani just finished graduate school for polit- 
ical science and is back in Finland to com- 
plete his mandatory service in the Finnish 
military. After "playing war" he'll be 
heading back to Connecticut to look for a 
job. He may not have had time to stay in 
touch with everyone via the Archon 
through all of these endeavors but he has 

managed to speak with John Markos '94 
and Josh Lapin '92, reporting that both 
are doing well. 

Out on the west coast, Katie Mack is 

now living with her sister in San Francisco. 
She is working as a nurse and is hoping to 
go back to school to get her master's in 
nursing. For now though, her greatest chal- 
lenge is acclimating to the weather. Maybe 
Coral (Keith) Rabey can help her out. 
Coral moved from Key Largo, FL to San 
Francisco with her husband, Steve (they are 
celebrating their two-year wedding anniver- 
sary this September.) She is learning a lot 
about the investment world with her new 
position in sales/marketing for Chase H&Q 
while her husband works for a corporate 
Concierges company. 

If San Francisco doesn't offer warm 
enough weather, you could always head to 
Louisiana like Dave Mollov. Dave sends a 
quick hello from The Big Easy where he is 
the Director of Sales at a Historic 
Wyndham Hotel on Bourbon Street in the 
French Quarter. After finishing college, he 
joined Wyndham in Houston, TX and was 
promoted and transferred first to Chicago 
and now to New Orleans. As a result, he 
hasn't been in touch with anyone for a little 
while but would love to hear from you at: 

Not so far away but considered just as 
exotic, by some standards, is New York City. 
Chris Yeagley is trading derivatives for 
Merrill Lynch and would like to see or talk 
with anyone passing through town. He did 
recently talk with Jon Jett (who is also in 
the financial area of NYC) and says he is 
doing well. Rristen Hand and Derek 
Ambrosi are also in New York, busy as 
always. Especially since they are finishing up 
the arrangements for their November nup- 
tials. Anne Savage is heading back to that 
area in the fall to begin law school at 
NYU. She left Washington, DC in June and 
has spent most of the summer with her 
parents up at their house in Maine. 

Quite a few of us have stayed or 
moved back to New England over the past 
few years. Jody Dan is living in Brookline 
and working as an R.N. on a surgical floor 
at Newton- Wellesley Hospital. In the next 
few years she hopes to work towards her 
master's in nursing to become a nurse prac- 
titioner. In the meantime, she stays in touch 
with other friends from GDA including 
Rob Kealler. She attended his wedding in 
April along with Matt Cassellini, Jeremy 
Lyons, Josh Bromley and Pierce Love 
who were all Groomsmen. Other familiar 

faces included Rob's sister, Danielle 
Kealler '90, Rachel Haynes, Laura 
Renna Riley, and Dan Morrison '88. 

Saundra Watson is in Boston as well, 
still working at the Residential Home for 
children. However, she was recently pro- 
moted to Assistant Director of Residential 
Programs which means she is in charge of 
the daily operation of one short term unit 
and one long term unit. Congratulations 
Saundra! Nellie Godfrey is still working at 
Genetics Institute in Andover and now lives 
in Somerville, near Davis Square. She sees 
Betsey Lee and Ilse a lot and even ran into 
Stash Karandanis and Mike Nadeau at 
the Rack one night creating a mini reunion, 
of sorts. Jorge Ochoa says: "Hi everyone, I 
am doing fine in Barcelona. How is 
everyone. Hope they're doing great. Hoping 
to talk to you again someday. Just take care." 

Jill Hindle is back in Northern New 
England at the Bread Loaf School of 
English for this summer. She is working to 
earn a master's of literature which involves 
spending each summer for the next four 
years in VT However, she is moving to 
Boston this fall and, upon last report, still 
looking for a job. If anyone has any sugges- 
tions, email her at 
The newest report on relocations and job 
changes refers to Shawn Markey. I under- 
stand Shawn recently joined the faculty at 
GDA as the Assistant Dean of Students, a 
French Instructor and Coach. I had thought 
we might run into him recently when I 
was on campus (as a bridesmaid) for Judy 
Livingston Loto's '92 wedding, but he 
wasn't around that Saturday! I guess I will 
wait for the next round of familiar faces 
back in Portsmouth where I will be 
enjoying the last days of summer. I hope 
everyone is doing well and encourage you 
to keep writing! 


Kristen Marvin 

14335 Burbank Boulevard, 

Apt. #10 

Van Nuys, CA 91401 

(818) 180-1309 

kris. marvin @warnerbros. com 

Kurt Danielson is still in Great Basin 
National Park for another three months, 
and then he's taking a road trip through 
California and the Southwest for a month 
or two. Jennifer Sheehan is spending the 
summer in Indianapolis, IN as well as for 
the upcoming school year. She's doing clin- 
ical notations to complete her doctor of 

50 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

Belle Struck' 94 with her parents (Vera Struck and Paul Wann, faculty) at her reception at the Carl Youngman 
Gallery this fall. Her work is featured on the inside back cover of this Archon. 

pharmacy degree from Purdue. After 
spending the past six years in Indiana, she 
can't wait to return to the east coast. 
Rebecca Viera just started her medicine 
rotation at Metropolitan Hospital in NYC. 
If anyone's in town, they should drop her a 
line at Mary 
(Class of '98) is living it up in a thong 
bikini in Rio de Janiero for six months. I'm 
still in LA and am currently working on 
four television shows for Warner Brothers 
studios. Hope everyone's well. Christopher 
Rice is living in Denver, CO, working as 
an information systems analyst for an elec- 
trical utility supply company. 


Laura Barnes 

60 Chestnut Street 

North Reading, MA 01864 

Brian Crowe 
56 Lawrence Road 
Deny, NH 03038 

Hello. I hope all is well and that the 
school year is going well too. Although, I 
have heard thru the grapevine that there are 
a lot of students this year, more than nor- 
mally. GDA has so much to offer, and the 
staff and faculty are on top of everything, so 
there is no doubt in my mind that things 
are going pretty well. Give everyone a 

HELLO" from me. I swear not a day goes 
by that I don't mention or talk about 
GDA- are all alumni like this? Currently, I 
am in staying at my parent's house recov- 
ering from an automobile accident, but 

hope to soon return home to Arizona. I am 
also spending quality time with my new 
nephew, Chadem. Please do keep in touch! 

Celebrating Reunion Weekend 2000 
was Absolutely Terrific!!! I did discover that 
several members of our class are studious 
students, young working professionals, and 
some are taking time to explore, travel, and 
be adventurous. Those who were unable to 
attend the Big Party at GDA were missed 
and remembered. Meghan Murphy and 
Jamie Schulman are no longer searching 
for their Prince Charming or Knight in 
Shining Armor. The search is over, because 
they have each found their perfect guy — 
they are both engaged! Orlando Velasco 
informed me at reunion that he has found 
the woman of his dreams; he too is 
engaged! Plus, Christine Holbrook will 
be married in October 2000. 
Congratulations to all of you! Meg is 
working as an account executive at a sports 
marketing firm. Meg enjoys her work 
because it gives her the opportunity to 
mingle with sports figures and celebrities. 
Jamie is living and working in the financial 
field in New York City. Meg and Jamie talk 
all the time, but Meg would like to get in 
touch with Liz Bruno. If you are traveling 
to Oregon make sure you pick up The 
Oregonian newspaper and read the sports 
section. Most likely you will find an article 
written by Ed Guzman. 

Zeynep Guchan is living and 
working in Washington DC and attempting 
to pursue an M.BA at George Washington 
University. Kesenjia Topic is living in 
Chicago and attending medical school at 
Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. 

Louis Olerio says that it was nice to see 
everyone at reunion. He is living and 
working in the "lone star state," Dallas, 
TX. Lou is working as a financial consul- 
tant for Merrill Lynch and can be con- 
tacted at: David 
Wilkens says: "I am living in New York 
City with my girlfriend. I am working in 
an AIDS Research laboratory. I will be 
teaching at Northfield Mount Hermon 
this summer. Everything is good." 


Jeffrey LaBelle 

320 West Illinois Street 

Chicago, IL 60610 

(312) 755-9135 

Janna Panall 

1 Byram Terrace Drive 

Greenwich, CT 06830 

(203) 531-4503 

jpanall@katespade. com 

5th Class Reunion 

June 8, 9, 10, 2001 

For most of us this fall was a bit dif- 
ferent from years past. No more going out 
to get new school clothes or packing up 
the car with all your belongings to head 
back to college. Although our experiences 
are different this year, it is a fantastic time to 
catch up on all the exciting adventures that 
our classmates have embarked on. 

Mike Shedosky spent his summer on 
the north shore of Long Island interning at 
an investment company that operates a 
hedge fund. Mike spent his days assisting 
with the maintenance of their marketing 
website while trying to learn as much as 
possible about their investment operations. 
Mike is looking forward to reunion this 
summer, he will already be in the area 
attending his brothers GDA graduation. 
Ariel Ebacher was one step ahead of the 
game and graduated last January. Since then 
she has been working in theatre, puppetry, 
and circus. Ariele is currently touring with 
Circus Smirkus. However in October she 
will head out to Chicago to join the 
Midnight Circus. She writes, "Life is an 
adventure in and out of the ring. I can only 
hope everyone else has found adventure in 
some shape or form." 

Raymond Long graduated from 
Dartmouth College last spring with a major 
in chemistry and a minor in studio art. 
Before beginning his job at Andersen 
Consulting in September, Ray spent his 
summer working around the house and 
traveling in his jalopy on the weekends. 

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Another traveling classmate was Lauren 
Carroll. I received a postcard from her 
during her stay in Ireland with her family. 
Lauren has swapped coasts and now lives in 
San Francisco with some friends from 
Dartmouth. The girls are starting a website 
focused on teaching "twenty somethings" 
the art of entertaining! Jason Greenberg 
is also on the California Coast. He gradu- 
ated from Pepperdine in April and is 
working for NBC Sports. Jason was fortu- 
nate enough to head down to Australia to 
cover the Olympic games. Who would have 
known our very own sport commentator 
would become a star! 

Some exciting news also came from 
Kathryn McCandless, well now 
Katherine Barbosa. She was married in June 
to a gentleman she met in Boston. Her spe- 
cial day was an intimate seaside wedding in 
Maine and the happy couple plans to take 
their honeymoon to her husband's home- 
land of Brazil. Dino Di Marco crawled 
out of the woodwork to update us on his 
whereabouts and happenings. Dino just 
graduated from St. Lawrence and spent the 
summer relaxing. He has received several 
job offers but is taking his time before he 
jumps into the rat race. Lauren Abernathy 
also recently graduated, with cum laude 
honors. As much as she wishes she were 
heading back to Bowdoin in the fall, she 
has started working at International Data 
Corporation, a consulting company, in 
Framingham. Lauren is an analyst/account 
manager. She has moved to Waltham with 
friends from college to shorten her com- 
mute to work. 

Todd Winters, who completed school 
last spring, is managing a restaurant in 
northern New Hampshire. Todd writes, 
"still drinking natty ice, bills to pay". We 
can all relate to paying the bills Todd, they 
seem to come out of nowhere as soon as 
you graduate! Jane Livingston just gradu- 
ated from the University of New 
Hampshire. She is all psyched up for 
reunion and writes, "Jason Randlett better 
be there! "Apparently Randlett has taken up 
a new career. He has been all over new 
England perfecting his karaoke routine. 
Hopefully we can line up a karaoke night 
during reunion so Jason can show off his 
act! Maria Fallon has two semesters to 
complete at Bridgewater State and hopes to 
get her master's after receiving her under- 
grad degree. Maria is also halfway to 
achieving black belt status in Yuan Yen Do 
karate. Wow, I guess we better all be on our 
best behavior at reunion! 

52 The Archon — Winter 2000-01 

After graduating summa cum laude 
from Bentley College, Jason Rivera spent 
another summer up at Salisbury beach 
working with Mara Zanfagna. He says 
that it is the second best job ever. The best 
job ever is what he has lined up for fall. 
Jason will be the public relations director 
for a surf company called 2SI. He also 
would like to report that he was on TRL 
this summer, and met Carson Daly due to 
his job with 2SI. He loves everyone and 
would really love if they would email him Katie Lyons graduated 
from the University of Colorado and has 
since moved back to Byfield while looking 
for an apartment in Cambridge. Katie is 
working as a marketing analyst for Welch's 
in Concord, Ma. And is really enjoying her- 
self. She would love to hear from her class- 
mates so drop her a line at livealittle@ Jeffrey Gilberg spent the summer 
in upstate New York working at an 
overnight co-ed summer camp with his 
sister Jamie. This fall he began teaching the- 
atre at a small boarding school in western 
Massachusetts. Before graduating from 
Bowdoin Jeffrey's tennis team finished 16th 
in the nation. Way to go out with a bang! 

Kim Konevich spent the summer on 
Martha's Vineyard and then took off for 
Europe for a few moths. She is excited for 
reunion and will fill us in on her travels in 
June. Scott Coulon is living in Boston and 
working at Anago, the restaurant in the 
Lenox Hotel. He still sees a lot of the GDA 
gang, Keith Blades, Scott Grenier, 
Aaron Sells, Dan Dipietro, and Mat 
Perry. Scott congratulates all of the gradu- 
ates and hopes to return to school in the 
winter. If you would like to get in touch 
with Scott his email address is neiland- Katie Renna spent 
some time with Scott at a small GDA 
reunion in downtown Boston where she 
was able to catch up with class of '96 mem- 
bers Mat Perry, Brad Russell, Carla 
Gottschall, Kate Manzella, and Scott 
Grenier. After graduating from BC in May, 
Katie starting pursuing a career in human 
resources. She joined EMC corporation in 
July in a HR training and development 
program. She has enjoyed her first three 
months with EMC. Katie is currently living 
with her sister Laura in Foxboro but is 
looking to make a move closer to the city 
of Boston soon. 

Lamar Robinson reports: "I gradu- 
ated from Clark University, Worcester, MA 
and am now working for Fidelity 
Investments in Morristown, NJ. I am also 

playing semi-pro summer baseball in New 
Jersey. Jorge Flores graduated from 
Stanford University in June with a degree 
in engineering. He is currently working in 
Los Angeles, but will be doing a lot of trav- 
elling throughout the year. Jorge sends a 
warm HELLO to everyone in Class of 
1996. He also got a chance to visit GDA in 
May and was surprised to see how much 
the school has changed after four years. 
Kenichi Mizutani writes: "It's been a 
while since graduation but I'm doing well 
in Japan. Now I'm working for a trading 
company dealing European foods. Often 
around with Katz Isida '95." 

As for myself, I am keeping busy get- 
ting settled in my apartment in Greenwich, 
CT and working in the corporate offices at 
Kate Spade in New York City. I work in 
the licensing division focusing on shoes & 
paper, as well as the development of two 
new additions to the label - glasses and 
beauty products. If anyone is in the big 
apple for a visit drop me an email at I have been fortu- 
nate enough to have some GDA visitors. 
Katie Renna and Mara Zanfagna spent 
some time in Greenwich over the summer. 
Classmates, please do be in touch and keep 
us updated on all your news. Get ready for 
reunion this coming June, rumor has it we 
have set quite a reputation for ourselves and 
are predicted to get a bit out of control! 

Jessie M. Gannett 

KSCMS 7800 

229 Main Street 

Keene, NH 03435 

(603) 358-7937 

funnygirrl@excite. com 


Brian Marvin 

2B Washington Road 

Atkinson, NH 03 811 

brian @celticweb. com 

Rachel Lipman 

Trinity College 


300 Summit Street 

Hartford, CT 06106 

rachel. lipman@mail. trincoll 

Meghan Earle reports: "Some class 
notes from down under. I have spent the 
last semester in Melbourne, Australia and 
urge everyone to give OZ a go! It has been 
an amazing experience and I have actually 
met people who know some of my class- 

mates from GDA. I had a great field hockey 
season this fall. Skidmore sat second in the 
nation going into NCAA nationals. I am 
thrilled to captain such an amazing team 
next fall. I see Jodi Leverone and Laura 
Hirsch a lot. I am sure they have not 
written so I will spread the news that they 
are well. Laura spent this semester in Spain 
and she really thinks Mr. Abu's Spanish 
classes helped her a lot. Jodi is excelling in 
all her subjects at Hamilton but is looking 
forward to a summer in Hampton and a lab 
focused internship in Boston." 

Yathachai (Top) Charanachitta 
reports: "I'm doing well at Hamilton 
College. It's my last year and I just cannot 
believe I will make it for the last year. I 
graduate at the end of this year and prob- 
ably will look for job in the states. Jodi 
Leverone will be graduated with me too. 
Hope that everyone at GDA is doing well." 
Joe Nicastro says: "Currently a senior at 
Bowdoin College with a major in eco- 
nomics and a minor in government and 
legal studies. Spent fall semester of junior 
year studying at the University of St. 
Andrew's in Scotland. Spent this past 
summer in Boston with an internship at 
Boston Private Bank and Trust Co. in the 
commercial lending department. Currently 
the captain of the Bowdoin baseball team." 

Nichelle Charvette says: "I am cur- 
rently doing an internship at a Juvenile 
Courthouse in Delaware, OH. I am also 
going to school full time and working with 
children at an Early Childhood Center (as a 
teacher's assistant). Life is okay, there's some 
GDA and other ISL alumni at Ohio 
Wesleyan this year. I remain active and 
working and speak to Naomi Fink '99 on 
occasions." Ross Hogan says: "Well, after a 
nice summer, during which I saw Thomas 
Gallagher, Jim Mineates '99, Mike 
"Leo" Leonard!, Ben Webber and 
Shane O'Neill '98. 1 am back in city of 
sin New Orleans in the deep south. Just as 
big a party as ever, but hot as the devil! 
Mike Leonardi and I went to Martha's 
Vineyard to see Ben and Shane for the 4th 
of July. All I have to say is, 'Rick Rock'll get 
yaFThey know what that means. I'm 
working on an honors thesis in chemical 
engineering on nanoparticle synthesis and 
gas hydrates. It's something that no one has 
yet tackled." 

Hilary Knight says: "Hi. I'm in 
Brussels, Beglum doing an internship at the 
U.S. Embassy speaking French. Enjoying 
weekend trips to Paris, Switzerland, 
Australia etal. I will be captain of Stonehill 
College's Woman National Ranked, 2 year 
N.E.10 Champion lacrosse team. I miss you 
all at GDA." 


Elizabeth Erickson 

PO Box 1499 

Kenyon College 

Gambier, OH 43022 

ERICKSONE@kenyon . edu 

Jacob Chase 

Macalester College 

1600 Grand Avenue 

Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899 

Jchase@macalester. edu 

Greetings to the Class of '98! I am 
back at Macalester this fall for my Junior 
year, after spending the summer living back 
on Plum Island and working with kids as 
an adolescent counselor at a Harbor 
Schools, a residential psychological treat- 
ment facility. I am hoping to travel abroad 
to Spain, this spring. Eric Blair worked for 
a software company this past summer and 
went to go see Becky Stephenson, 
Naveen Ayyagari and Stoddard Panall. 
David Chapman reports that "life has 
been a true adventure," for him at Ohio 
University with Robyn O'Reilly and he 
would like to hear from "anyone," at Justin Gitlin 
spent the summer in Denver working as an 
intern for an internet video game company. 
He highly recommends that we all 
checkout the games at Justin also visited 
home for two weeks and is excited about 
his third year at "DU," taking on a double 
major in Computer Science and Digital 
Media Studies. 

Kevin McDormand is really 
enjoying his last "year or so," at the 
University of Chicago, where he's been 
doing some public announcing at sporting 
events as well as some writing for school 
publications. Kevin would also love to hear 
from more GDA alumni at k_mcdor- Mike Meagher 
experienced an unfortunate setback when 
he "wound up with torn cartilage in [his] 
hip and missed [the] entire lacrosse season 
at Harvard." Mike admits that soccer is 
"very much in question." Mike spent the 
summer rehabilitating and tending bar. 

Hats Off 

Greg Carroll '98 played a key role for 
Middlebury College as the men's lacrosse 
team emerged successful in the NCAA 
Division II championship last spring. 
Carroll is a former GDA captain, All- 
league player, and All-New England 

Hats Off 

Will Olney '98 earned his first varsity 
letter in men's lacrosse at Wesleyan 
University this past spring. Playing in the 
midfield for the Cardinals during the 
2000 season, Olney saw action in each of 
the squad's 17 contests. Firing 15 shots at 
goal, Olney connected for six goals. The 
Wesleyan team closed out the season 
with a 12-5 record, setting a seasonal 
team mark for victories. 

Emily Novis spent the summer relaxing at 
home and working at the Birth Center at 
the hospital, "an amazing experience." 
Emily also spent time with Beth 
Pilkington in Toronto and reports to have 
seen Hans Carbonneau and Ingrid 
Nugent, as they live right down the street. 
Emily is now back to the University of 
New Brunswick, playing soccer and 
studying nursing. 

Shane O'Neill drove taxis on 
Martha's Vineyard this summer and has 
gone to the London School of Economics 
for his junior year. Shane plans to return to 
Bowdoin for his Senior year. Jessica 
Savage spent the first part of this past 
summer living in Upper Manhattan, while 
she worked as an intern at Cosmopolitan 
Magazine. Jessica adds that she had a lot of 
fun and that she bumped into Erica Ruff 
getting onto a bus on Madison Ave. Jessica 
spent the remainder of her summer in 
Maine, working and relaxing. Jessica is now 
back in Ohio for her third year at Denison 
University. Shawn Shetty proudly reports 
back that he is in his first year of medical 
college in South India, after finishing one 

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year of pre-med last year. Only three more 
years to go, Shetty! Amy Troob is at 
Indiana University as a psychology major. 
Amy worked at a real estate agency and in 
telemarketing and plans on going abroad to 
Italy. Phil Venturelli is in his junior year at 
Caltech in Pasadena, California, where he's 
studying astrophysics. This past summer, Phil 
"worked on a project to redesign the tele- 
scope at the KECK Observatory in Hawaii." 

Annie Legault reports: "It has been a 
long time, and a lot has happened. I try to 
keep in touch with my GDA buds. I still 
talk to Jocie Mueller, Moritz Elkmann, 
Eric Blair, Phillip Venturelli and 
Christina St. Pierre. I am wondering 
how my other friends from GDA are 
doing. In the past year a lot has happened, I 
visited GDA friends from Hartwick 
College, my brother graduated from Elmira 
College and we are moving into a new 
home because my parents sold our house to 
Celine Dion. Good news right? I really love 
Elmira College. I have no intention of 
transferring. New York state is great, but not 
as great as MA. My major is business 
administration with the specialization of 
marketing. After graduating I will return to 
my homeland CANADA." 

Finally Jill Welenc spent this past 
summer living in Boston in an apartment 
with four Emerson students, while she held 
a graphic design internship at an internet 
company in Newton. She recalls that she 
ran into "a million GDA folks," including 
Leigh Ferrara, Andy Ramirez, and even 
Simon Taylor and enjoyed working as a 
Pepsi One taste tester. "...gotta love asking 
'which one tastes better' for $18 an hour!!" 
Jill returned to her junior year at Bates 
College this fall, where she is an art major, a 
math minor, and is "...still dancing, every 
semester... "Jill plans to travel abroad to 
Australia, mostly to study computer graphic 
design, and where she hopes to rendezvous 
with Sarah Koken.Well, that's it. Thank 
you all for a record number of responses to 
those little postcards! Hope to hear from 
even more of you next time. 


Send it in! 

The next deadline for news is 
February 15. 

Send class notes to 

Stuart W. Gilfillen 

Roger Williams University 

RWU Box 5268 

Bristol, RI 02809-2921 

Jessica Reed-Zaplin 

219 Park Drive #25 

Boston, MA 02215 

(781) 929-2556 

What's up class of 1999? Can you 
believe that we are starting our 2nd year of 
college? I can't! I have transferred schools 
and am now living in Boston and going to 
Emerson College. I have an apartment in 
Boston near Fenway Park and am looking 
forward to starting classes soon. I am going 
to be majoring in Marketing Communica- 
tions. I had a great summer in New York 
City, Jesse Lee and I had internships there 
and worked very hard. My internship was 
for an entertainment company in ticketing 
and promotions. It was a lot of fun and I 
got great seats to concerts in NYC. Jesse 
interned for Artisan Entertainment, a movie 
production company. Jesse will be attending 
the New School in New York City this fall. 
Jesse spoke with Seth Hale who will be 
studying in Guatemala this fall. I was 
walking to my apartment the other day 
from the T-stop and started talking to this 
girl who turns out to be Luis Aguirre's 
girlfriend. What a coincidence! He is going 
back to Northeastern this fall and living 
off-campus and sees GianCarlo Puccini 
quite often. Since I have been in Boston I 
have seen Caroline Kelleher and Ayeisha 
Morgan a lot. Caroline coached at several 
lacrosse camps this summer. They are both 
back at Boston University. 

Christina Coppolino had a great first 
year and is going to be attending Tufts 
University this fall. She is thinking about 
majoring in math. She spent her summer in 
New Hampshire on the lake. Jim 
Meniates worked at EMS this summer at 
the North Shore Mall. Polly Titcomb saw 
a lot of Rosse and John Vander Sande, 
Mike Porter and GM VanCott '97. She 
went on an Outward Bound Course in the 
High Sierra's in California and is looking 
forward to going back to Burlington and 
returning to school even though she 
enjoyed the summer and sun. Joann 
Nguyen went to Vietnam this summer. She 
is enjoying Amherst and sees Joel Crawford 
once in a while. When she is home she sees 
Christina Coppolino and Lara Dunev. 

Kristin Seim worked at a toy store this 
summer in Newburyport and at the local 
hospital. Naomi Fink had a great summer 
interning at Paramount Studios in LA. She 
is looking forward to the fall when she goes 
back to NYC. She will be back in the 
Boston area at the Head of the Charles 
Regatta with Columbia Women's Crew. 

Mike Moore worked as a security guard 
this summer. He said he had a great first 
semester at Franklin and Marshall, but work- 
load, surgery and pledging made the second 
terrible. He is excited for next semester and is 
training hard for football. Mike and his older 
brother got a wrestling mat so they train 
together all the time. He misses everyone and 
school, but of course not as much as all his 
nicknames. Patti Waters taught at the Felix 
Neck Mass. Audubon Sanctuary in Martha's 
Vineyard. She spends seven -weeks with birds 
in a very biodiverse area learning and teaching 
about the surrounding wildlife with an 
amazing staff. She is looking forward to 
returning to Bates in the fall. 

I received a long letter from Greg 
Moore, who finished his first year at 
Vanderbilt. He is majoring in engineering 
and really enjoyed school and Nashville and 
met plenty of nice people. He writes, "This 
summer started off on a bad note. The day 
after my last exam, I was diagnosed with 
lymphoma, but all is well after three weeks 
of tests I got the word it was a mistake and I 
could continue in with my life. However I 
learned a lot about myself through the 
experience." Thank goodness you are okay 
Greg! He was accepted to the United 
States-Marine Corps Platoon Leadership 
Class, which allows college students to train 
to become officers in the USMC while in 
college. He recently got back from his first 
half of training, six weeks in Quantico ,VA. 
He writes, "These six weeks were full of 2-5 
hours of sleep a day, running 3-5 miles a 
day, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, marching. . . 
you get the idea." Along with all that he 
managed to learn drill, navigation and first 
aid. Greg said that he learned a lot about 
himself and what it takes to lead, along with 
stress management. WOW! You sure have 
been busy Greg. Drop him a line anytime, 

Todd Bolint was in Germany for the 
month of June, visiting 3 ex-officio GDA 
students: Nikolas Belzer, Yascha 
Bernhardt and Axel Bellieno.They had a 
great time, participating in many late night 
extra-curricular activities, but still continue 
their old GDA ritual of not coming home 
with any women. 

54 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 


Catherine E. Correia 

Trinity College 


300 Summit Street 

Hartford, CT 06106 

(860) 297-3240 

Meghan K. Barry 

Quinnipiac University 

P.O. Box 600 

Hamden, CT 06518 

Hi class of 2000! Most of you, as you 
read this, are finishing your first semester as 
college students. Meghan and I hope that 
you all love your new schools. As I am 
writing this, I am finishing my first week at 
Trinity. I have settled into a double room 
that is about the size of my single at GDA, 
yet, I am finding it quite cozy. The commu- 
nity here is very outgoing and friendly, 
which reminds me of a few of GDA s best 
qualities. Meghan Barry likes Quinnipiac. 
She and Brooke Barnaby are in the same 
dorm and hang out a lot. Meghan is 
thinking of running for student council, 
and has been busy visiting everyone. She 
went to Providence College to visit Chris 
Rothwell, to Fairfield to visit Courtney 
Marino, and to Wheaton to visit Emily 
Dana. Emily is playing number six on the 
tennis team at Wheaton. Loren 
Montgomery is also at Quinnipiac and is 
playing field hockey. Elizabeth Turnbull 
had a busy summer working at Cardigan 
Lodge in the White Mountains. Elizabeth 
said she saw Brad Downey when the day 
camp Brad was working for spent a night 
up at Cardigan Lodge. Brad is at Lake Forest 
with Ryan Shelly and Mike Mullins. 

Natalia Averett wrote to me late in 
the summer, and said that she had a good 
summer. She worked at Wendy's for most of 
the summer, and had to head off to 
Pomona on the twenty-fourth of August. 
Hopefully both she and Scott Pelletier are 
having a great time out in California at 
3 omona. Cassie Depratto also had a very 
3usy summer. Cassie was working two jobs 
and played on a soccer and hockey team. 
Over the summer months, both Madeline 
Scheintaub and Simon Panall worked 
with Dr. O in the marshes around GDA. 
Madeline is now at UMass and is playing 
the flute in the marching band. Tom 
Hand, who is also at UMass, heard the 
band play during orientation and said the 
band sounded great. Tom started the 
summer traveling to Budapest, Prague, and 
Vienna to play with a musical group from 
the New England Conservatory. After that 
he had a busy summer working, often at 

GDA where he saw Sean Gill. Sean was 
planning on taking classes first semester at 
UNH.Tom also talked to Dan Muxie 
who loves being at Georgia Tech. Dan went 
down early for a camping trip/orientation 
for all the Presidential Scholars. 

Kempton Randolph, who we all 
know loves to fish , plans to participate in a 
fishing tournament on Lake Winnipesaukee 
on October first. This fishing tournament is 
the largest in New England. We can't wait 
to hear how it was. Kempton is at 
Skidmore with Teaya Bromley and Holly 
Erickson.Teaya and Holly hang out a lot, 
and see Tim Chase '99 often. I received 
an email from Jamie Gilberg shortly after 
she began at GW She seems to love being 
there. Jamie also said that Sarah Jameson, 
Rachel Abdulla, and Justin Fishman are 
enjoying GW and the DC area. Nicole 
Neilson, who is at American, also likes the 
DC area. When I last spoke to Joe 
Cacciatore he was in football preseason at 
Gettysburg. He said that the football team 
was hard work, but lots of fun. Carson 
Shedd is planning to play baseball at 
Bowdoin. Amelia O'Reilly and Jay 
Salony, who are also at Bowdoin, are living 
in the same dorm. 

Lyndsey Riley is now going to Salem 
State College. Lindsay Gilmore has also 
had a change in plans, and is now going to 
BC along with Pete Aloisi and Annie 
Rickley. Gretchen Gee is enjoying going 
to school at Lesley College in Cambridge. 
She loves the Boston area. Jimmy Chao, 
who is also in the Boston area, is going to 
Suffolk and lives in an apartment in Boston. 
Mark Lipman is at Brandeis likes going to 
school there. His sister, Rachael Lipman '96, 
told me Mark has already met some great 
people. Cian O'Neil and Nick Mincolla 
are both at St. Mike's and see a lot of each 
other. Katie Graham is enjoying UVA. She 
is there with KK Scharfe who is playing 
field hockey. Marc McDonnell, who has 
been at the Coast Guard Academy since 
July, says the Academy is difficult, but he is 
still enjoying himself. 

Seth Dubinsky and JD Denis both 
like RPI. Michelle Wheeler was out in 
Colorado training for her Up With People 
tour the last time I spoke with her. She was 
meeting tons of great people and having 
lots of fun. It was so great to hear about 
how everyone is doing. Both Meghan and I 
hope to hear from even more people before 
the next Archon comes out. Please email, 
write, or call either one of us. Enjoy the rest 
of your school year! 

The Archon —Winter 2000-01 55 

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Harold M. Curtiss 

The school was recently informed of 
the death of former faculty member Harold 
Curtiss. Curtiss taught at Governor 
Dummer from the fall of 1939 until he 
entered the service in World War II. He also 
coached the baseball team during this time. 

Lawrence J. Tretler 

The school recently learned that 
former faculty member Larry Tretler died 
on October 26, 2000. Mr. Tretler was a fac- 
ulty member at GDA from 1981 - 1988. 

Irving Nichols Stronach '34 

Irving "Nick" Stronach ofWest 
Falmouth, MA, died on April 16. He leaves 
his wife, Ida; two daughters; one grandson; 
and his sister Barbara Perryclear of N. 

Rupert Neily,Jr. '36 

Rupert Neily died at his home in West 
Boothbay Harbor, ME last June. Born in 
New York City, Neily was captain of the 
boxing team and a member of the track and 
football teams at GDA. He graduated from 
Bowdoin College and attended Cornell 
Medical School for a year before entering 
the Navy to serve in World War II. After the 
war, he worked to establish the first physical 
therapy department at St. Andrews Hospital 
in Boothbay Harbor. He stayed with his 
family in this area for the remainder of his 
life, working as a self-employed businessman 
and enjoying the region's opportunities and 
community. Surviving him are his wife of 
58 years, Elizabeth Anne Bisbee Neily; a son 
and four daughters; one brother, Clark Neily 
'37; and three grandchildren. 

Thomas Northwood Oliver '46 

Tom Oliver of Raymond, ME died on 
October 11, 2000 after a long illness. Born 
in Brooklyn, NY, Oliver completed his high 
school years at GDA and then went on to 
Brown, where he was instrumental in 
forming a varsity lacrosse team. He served in 
the Navy for three years and then went on 
to a career working for Uniroyal Rubber 
Company and Tingley Rubber Company. 
He was a member of the Portland Museum 
of Art and the Portland Symphony 
Orchestra. He leaves his wife of 40 years, 

Myra Padgett Oliver of Raymond; a 
daughter and two sons; a sister; and two 

John J. Murdock '52 

The school was informed by his wife 
Elizabeth that John Murdock died on May 
13, 2000, six days after returning to England 
from a visit with family and friends in the 
U.S. He leaves three daughters, two grand- 
children, and his wife. 

Brian P. O'Dell '84 

Brian P. O'Dell, a Portfolio Manager 
and Investment Counselor with State Street 
Research & Management Company of 
Boston, dies peacefully on October 28 after 
a two-year courageous battle with leukemia. 
Mr. O'Dell was a resident of Stow, MA and 
grew up in Andover. At GDA he was co- 
captain of both the varsity football and 
wrestling teams. He received a bachelor's 
degree from Brown University and a 
master's degree in applied economics from 
the University of Michigan. He was a char- 
tered financial analyst and specialized in pro- 
viding investment counseling to professional 
athletes. He leaves his beloved wife Rachel, 
his two cherished sons Ethan and Zackary, 
his parents Edward and Kerstin O'Dell of 
Andover, a brother Thomas of Lund, 
Switzerland, and a sister Dr. Christine 
Harrington of Newton. Gifts in his memory 
may be made to the Leukemia and 
Lymphoma Society, directed to the Brian P. 
O'Dell Memorial Research Fund, 495 Old 
Connecticut Path, Suite 220, Framingham, 
MA, 01701. 

In honor of the impact Larry Tretler had on the 
lives of so many at GDA, we here give you the 
story, in his own words, of a memorable produc- 
tion in Thompson Performing Arts Center. 

The Little 'Streetcar' 
That Could 

By LawenceJ. Tretler 

I always hated "the high school play". 
That's why I chose Tennessee Williams's A 
Streetcar Named Desire as our fall show. As 
crude and earthy as it is poetic, Streetcar has 
little in common with the safe and sloshy 
scripts that too often make up the sec- 
ondary school repertoire. Streetcar was not, 
in other words, the high school play. 

What follows is a reflection on our 
production of A Streetcar Named Desire at 
Governor Dummer Academy, a small pri- 
vate school in Byfield, Massachusetts. It was 
a production bursting, at once, with artistry 
and failure, disappointment (no: heartbreak) 
and heroism. I marvel that this show hap- 
pened at all, much more that it was a 
smashing success. 

When I announced to the school in 
mid-September that Streetcar would be our 
choice for November, I was aware of raised 
eyebrows, of groans. Maybe it was too 
steamy for our sheltered prep school world. 
Maybe it was too tough a drama for our 
actors. Stanley and Blanche are, after all, no 
Higgins and Eliza. 

But I was confident. I had a Blanche — 
a perfect, blue-eyed, 16-year-old Blanche. I 
had a few Stellas. Stanley would be a 
problem; Stanley always is. Rather, such 
massive males are always a problem in high 
school drama. The right actors can be 
found out on the football field. But I could 
make do somehow. 

The students encouraged me. They 
•were excited about doing the forbidden. 
They sniffed the scent — unfamiliar in high 
school — of a great script on the wind and 
auditions were packed. 

Amy, my brilliant student assistant, and 
I were like two children locked in Macy's 
toy department after the auditions. We had 

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56 The Archon— Winter 2000-01 

Where I Find You 

For Colin T. O'Neill (GDA '93, Middlebury 
'91) and every soul that he touched 

By Sarah J. Merrill 

I dream of him from time to time, but 
will never again as often as I did during 
that first spring after he died. For several 
months, I could fall asleep nearly certain 
that I would bump into Colin somewhere 
in the night, as if he had gotten tangled in 
my dreams on his way from one life to the 
next. I began to look forward to my 
dreams, because only there could my mind's 
eye offer a clear image of Colin's face. And 
upon waking, his presence still palpable for 
the length of a sleep breath, I could pretend 
that I would see him again upon returning 
to Middlebury. 

Colin dies while dancing with the ele- 
ments — surfing Costa Rica's wild ocean. 
That was February of 1996, when both 
Colin and I left Middlebury to study 
abroad. He went to South America; I trav- 
eled to Ghana, West Africa. Although I 
wasn't homesick exactly, I was feeling 
acutely far from the familiar; and when the 
news traveled to me over thousands of 
miles of phone fine — the words so tiny, so 
illusory when they reached me — it was 
impossible to process: Colin has drowned. 

As these words swept me even further 
from the familiar, they also lifted me away 
from Ghana. I felt displaced from the very 
country I had traveled so far to study, from 
the very place I was standing, indeed, from 
my own body. Dislocation born of disbe- 
lief. Colin would never come home. 

Several days later, my Nigerian teacher 
made one effort to comfort me. He 
approached me where I sat alone, and awk- 
wardly put his hands on my shoulder. He 
told me that, in his culture, the ultimate 
event of a person's life is his death. The 
funeral is an event to honor the footprints a 
person has left and celebrate his passing into 
a next life, presumably a better one. I con- 
sidered this a cultural rift, thanked him, and 
walked away so that I wouldn't begin to cry. 

The truth was that my understanding 
of Colin's death had not come close to 
accounting for where he had gone. I knew 

only that Colin had lost this world, that he 
had been prematurely robbed of the joys he 
had known here. And I couldn't find my 
way past what Colin's face used to do when 
he laughed, the particular rhythm of his 
steps as he walked across campus in an 
autumn dusk, or the color of his eyes on a 
cold Vermont day. I wasn't ready to let Colin 
exist anywhere but at Middlebury. This was 
where he still existed in my dreams. 

My group moved on to the rural vil- 
lage of Mprim, where I spent two 
exhausted vacant weeks. I felt like an 
apparition, when each day I would put on 
my sneakers and walk down an endless red- 
dirt road, over hills, past thick forest. I often 
passed groups of women as they trudged 
miles from one village to another. As we 
didn't share a language, the women would 
gesture to me, inquiring where I was going. 
I never had an answer, and I didn't think 
they'd understand that I had no real desti- 
nation, so I'd smile and point up the road. I 
just needed to move — the strides made 
sense, and for a little while I was going 
somewhere, shaking loose a sensation of 
heaviness. But eventually I'd have to turn 
around and retrace my steps. 

One morning, I woke an hour or so 
before sunrise, to a strange mingling of 
noise, light, and motion filtering through 
my thin curtains. Rdght outside my com- 
pound the entire village's mothers and 
grandmothers and aunts and sisters were 
moaning and sobbing, but they were also 
singing. The vocal sounds of pain were 
confused with those of joy; the two coa- 
lesced in the heavy air. 

I lay there in my damp bed, quiet and 
unmoving. I squeezed my eyes shut in an 
effort to cry. It was time to flush out some 
of my own grief, to lift its weight from my 
bones. I tried to push my belly to sobs, 
force my chest to that painful tightness that 
comes before tears. But nothing happened, 
and the women slowly dispersed as the sun 
came up, moving off to begin their day's 
work, still singing. And I looked again for 
sleep, where I might find Colin. 

It was over a year after Colin's death 
that I finally dreamed of him in a setting 
other than Middlebury. I had returned 
from Africa, and after a busy year of 
writing a thesis and looking for a job, I 
graduated and left Vermont. I was dis- 

tracted by what the future would bring, 
and hadn't thought — or dreamed — about 
Colin much during this year. 

In this singular dream, I found him sit- 
ting at the end of a long dock that reached 
out over a quiet lake. Narrow white trees 
shot up around the water's edge and spread 
their reflections across its green surface like 
a warm hand. Sitting beside him uneasily, I 
attempted to explain to Colin that I was 
sorry he had been taken away, and that I 
wanted him to return with me to Vermont, 
to his friends and family. But the words 
leaving my lips floated away without 
making a sound, as if my voice wasn't an 
accepted currency in this place. Colin com- 
municated that he was at peace here, and 
he would not ever be returning to the 
place I called home. 

Then he touched my arm — and I star- 
tled awake. Colin's energy, and a sense that 
he was trying to comfort me, was present. I 
began to cry, my body shaking as though 
releasing some energy held inside me for a 
very long time. But I believe that I was also 
smiling, because it felt like a miracle, letting 
go, lifting off. 

I realized then that the sensation of 
grief was finally leaving my body — perhaps 
had entirely left. Over the past year, 
without knowing this, I had slowly come 
to locate Colin in his new home: the nat- 
ural world. Colin now inhabited a thousand 
beautiful places that I could visit, places not 
unlike Middlebury itself. And today I can 
sense him in every bit of what it is about 
this world that takes my breath away. 


I finally close my eyes to listen, and I hear his life 

Affirming itself in the early summer; 

In the cicadas celebrating in branches, 

In the barometer measuring the heft of chance, 

In the human desire to dance with the elements, 

And in the ever-present music of the earth's 


Sarah Merrill was Colin's classmate and close 
friend at Middlebury College in Vermont. She is 
a freelance writer and poet who lives in San 

TheArchon— Winter 2000-01 57 

in memoriam 

continued from page 56 

wonderful choices for our cast list. We cast 
an inexperienced chipper Steve, a cuddly 
Eunice, a roly-poly Pablo and a long, lean, 
calf-eyed Mitch. Our Stella was subtle, 
intense, and sensitive. Our Blanche (the 
student I had thought of in the first place) 
read as if she had been studying the role 
for months. 

And best and most surprising of all, this 
mini-Sylvester Stallone appeared out of 
nowhere to read for Stanley. This kid had 
never acted before but moved on the stage 
with a relaxed ease and confidence. The 
football team disappointed him this year and 
he thought to try acting. He read the lines 
with an innocent conviction and a gentle 
intuition. I had my Stanley. 

Maybe doing a real play would not be 
that bad after all. The read-through thrilled 
me. Everything was there. "You are going to 
act the hell out of this show," I told them, 
"and I am going to direct the hell out of 
you!" A great start. 

It was during the early blocking 
rehearsals that our first cloud appeared. 
Whenever, bubbling over with delight about 
Streetcar, I happened to mention to other 
teachers how well my Stanley was doing, 
my enthusiasm was met with breathy smiles 
or quick, sidelong glances one to the other. 

Soon I learned the reason. 

My Stanley had a problem: drugs and 
booze. Oh, I recalled that we had discussed 
it at a faculty meeting in the spring, but the 
lad had spent so much time in a treatment 
center. And hadn't the school, in its confi- 
dence, invited him back to campus? 

Well, yes he was back, but my col- 
leagues finally confessed to me that they 
were sure he would not last. Any day could 
be his last at the school; a joint, a whiff of 
whiskey on the breath would undo him. 
My James Dean, my Newman, my punk 
Brando was a birthday candle in the tem- 
pest of his addictions. The best I could hope 
for was this: that if, indeed he received the 
boot it would be now and not dress 
rehearsal night. 

And booted he was. After three weeks 
of rehearsal and with four weeks before 
showtime, Stanley was expelled. The inci- 
dent occurred before a Saturday night 
dance. My cast and I had met that afternoon 
to watch the classic film version of Streetcar 
with Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh and Kim 
Hunter. After the screening, my Stan, 
equipped with phony British identification 

and a phony British accent, persuaded a 
liquor store clerk to sell him some beer. 
Suddenly, after the sale, the clerk realized 
she knew this kid and he was no visiting 
Saxon. She telephoned the dean, and my 
Stanley, after his brief acting jaunt, took his 
final blow. 

Tuesday morning the ousting was made 
official. On Tuesday afternoon, Amy and I 
met with and angry and confused cast. How 
could we replace this perfect Kowalski? 
"God, he was so. . . so. . ."This chap had a 
■way with women. 

We considered our options. We had to 
continue. Special new auditions? Special 
invitations to a couple of potential actors at 
the school? Hire a local pro? We opted to 
reshuffle the remaining cast. 

We recruited a techie for Pablo; Pablo 
became Steve and Steve Stanley. This new 
Stanley was a seasoned young actor with 
whom I had worked for years. Physically he 
was no Kowalski, but his intelligence and 
intensity could compensate for that. He had 
wanted the role for months and had sat 
patiently by while the good-looking new- 
comer had tried and failed. Now it was his 
turn. Like Farmer Oak in Hardy's Far From 
the Madding Crowd, he outlived his con- 
tenders and the prize was his. 

This Stanley threw himself into the role 
like a veteran seaman might throw himself 
into the rigging of a troubled schooner. We 
were sad about our ousted Stallone, but 
much at ease. This actor would be there as a 
tough and finished Kowalski in four weeks. 

Let me pause here for those who have 
never taken on a brutal, earthy masterpiece 
like A Streetcar Named Desire to say that this 
play works its way with actors, especially 
young actors. It is not Arsenic and Old Lace. 
It is demanding, intense, sometimes painful. 
Our rehearsal time, 3:30 to 5:45 every after- 
noon, was satisfying and rich, but it was not 
merry. The actors endured the cruelty of 
their characters, the madness. 

While their friends kicked soccer balls 
about in the clean fall air, my actors grap- 
pled in stifling New Orleans with wife 
abuse and suicide. While others worked 
themselves up to beat some other prep 
school at field hockey on Saturday, the case 
of Streetcar lived, in its dramatic world, the 
brutal truths of alcoholism, rape, psychosis. 

Tennessee Williams was a genius. In this 
play and others, he achieved a lucid, mon- 
strous glimpse of reality that quite broke 

him. No pat, convenient nobility redeems 
Williams's characters as it does Arthur 
Miller's. Surely he is no matter for the high 
school play. 

Just as things seemed pleasantly 
underway again with our new Stanley we 
suffered another setback. The technical 
director "fired" three members of his five- 
person crew. A few days afterward the dean 
announced that two of these ex-techies had 
joined another fiiend and fled the campus, 
headed maybe for San Francisco, maybe for 
Bar Harbor, maybe for New York City. 

Very well. The actors rallied to finish 
the set. Whenever they were not needed on 
the stage, they could be found lugging a 
refrigerator, stenciling a flat, or bracing a 
doorway. Our funkily realistic Kowalski 
apartment took shape. 

And Streetcar, bruised but unbowed, was 
taking shape. The school community by 
now was well aware of our troubles. It 
seemed more than ready to lend a hand 
whenever it could, or provide a sympathetic 
shoulder. But I had no idea what our com- 
munity was made of or indeed, really, what 
the cast and crew of Streetcar were made of, 
until we suffered our last devastation. 

It happened five days before opening 

On Saturday I called a rehearsal. We 
watched videotape of the previous 
Wednesday's runthrough. That rehearsal, I 
recall, had been a sloppy one: missed cues, 
bungled speeches and tedious, gaping 
pauses. Thursday's speed rehearsal had, 
though, more than redeemed it. I felt secure 
enough to laugh at the humiliations I saw 
on the tape. The few days ahead would 
tighten up our potential masterpiece. We 
were to open the following Friday. 

It had been a good weekend all 
around. The varsity football team scored its 
first victory literally in years. To celebrate, 
the headmaster called a school holiday for 
Monday. But I called rehearsal anyway, for 
10 a.m. The cast expected it. No reason to 
turn the varsity's victory into our defeat. 

On Monday morning I was raring to 
go. Early rehearsals are so much more pro- 
ductive than those at the end of a tension- 
crowded day. At 9:32 I was preparing to 
leave the house when the phone rang. It was 
my Blanche's mother. Blanche was gone. 

She had disappeared the day before, 
Sunday, with another girl. They were pur- 
suing the three techies who had run away 

58 The Archon —Winter 2000-01 

the week before. Maybe they were in 
Boston. At any rate, I should not expect 
Blanche at rehearsal. 

Now this young woman, this Blanche, 
had come to our school as a freshman. Her 
work that first year had bordered on the 
impeccable. Wholesome, brilliant, talented, 
she was a director's dream. But in her 
sophomore year, something had gone awry. 
She adopted the image of an outlaw. She 
ran off to New York City then. Now, in her 
junior year, again she fled. 

Worse, the fellows she and her friend 
were looking for had long since returned to 
their homes. 

Some of the other actors had already 
heard when I arrived at the theatre. The 
news paralyzed us all. Blanche? Gone? And 
Friday we open. No, she would return. This 
runthrough we would miss. Silly to rehearse 
without Blanche. Instead, we would help 
finish the set. 

For the next three hours, actors, direc- 
tors, and technicians hammered, hoisted, 
painted, bolted, suspended, drilled and sawed 
with quiet concentration. I think all of us 
privately wondered if we were wasting our 
time, painting flats for a show that would 
never happen. 

But we finished the set! Perhaps the 
missed runthrough had been a blessing in 
disguise. Blanche would return the next day 
and we would have missed only one 
rehearsal. But we all wondered without 
speaking, "Would she?" 

Tuesday was black with lashing rain and 
unseasonal bitter cold. Blanche was not in 
school. Word spread through the commu- 
nity that our leading lady had fled. We were 
helpless and angry. I met the cast and crew 
at 3:30, the time our tech rehearsal was to 
have begun. 

The head of the arts department joined 
us for that dismal meeting. The drama 
department, he said, was a flabby runner 
attempting a marathon. Now we must 
accept the disappointment as part of the 
pain that all true artists must live through to 
be true artists. We should cancel the show. 

The kids didn't quite see it that way. 
They had, after all, struggled through the 
other setbacks. They wanted to give it a go. 
Anything. Anything we could do we should 
do. But I didn't know how to save this pro- 
duction. This was Tuesday. We had until 
Friday. I wouldn't even consider calling a 
professional to ask for a finished product in 

that time. But if these actors couldn't do 
Streetcar, if we were really lost — let them dis- 
cover that for themselves. 

It was then that the girl who was 
playing Eunice, an enigmatic young woman 
from Texas named Emily, raised her hand 
shyly. She had sat through every rehearsal 
watching Blanche, because she explained, 
she longed to play Blanche. Unconsciously 
she had absorbed the lines, the blocking, the 
agon of Blanche DuBois. Could we give her 
a chance? She would try to deliver the role 
by Friday night. The cast was skeptical, and I 
knew she couldn't do it. No one could, 
much less this quiet new student with the 
big glasses. But what the hell? We had 
nothing to lose. We were in Las Vegas 
playing with Monopoly money. 

We would meet the next day 
(Wednesday!) at 1 p.m. Emily would try to 
run through the play with as many fines as 
she could master by that time. I was not 
optimistic. A demanding lead role like this 
one in three days? Even the actors of 
Shakespeare's theatre, even the idols of the 
last century would find that one rough. I 
drank more than a little Scotch that 
evening. How outrageous of this new 
Blanche! How amusing. 

At 1 p.m. Wednesday we started our 
precarious hope-against-hope runthrough. 
But what was this? Scenes one and two 
were finished and Blanche knew the lines. 
Three, four, five, six — the words were there, 
almost perfect. Blanche looked out at me 
from the stage, "I'm a little shaky on seven 
and I don't know the rest, but by tonight's 
runthrough — if we have one — I'll have 
most of those." 

She was unbelievable, a miracle out of 
my Catholic school fantasies. The cast grew 
tenderly hopeful. They had become careful 
now, like dogs who were used to brutal 
beatings. We shifted the Nurse to play 
Eunice, another techie to the Nurse. We 
gathered, once again, the scraps that had 
once been A Streetcar Named Desire to build 
into a show. We would meet back at six that 
evening for another runthrough. Emily 
went back, in the brief interim, to study 
more lines. 

That evening, though, the cast was 
exhausted. The actors had lost some of their 
hope. Maybe this couldn't be done. Stella 
was broken — she had just gotten used to a 
new stage husband, now a new sister? Was it 
worth trying if all we could hope for was a 

fractured, mediocre high school play? Better 
kill the show, maybe, in quick and honor- 
able dramatic seppuku. 

But this time, unlike the cast, I had 
gained heart. Look at the hours, the months, 
I said. Look at the trail of tears. Was it not 
worth one more night? Yes, they all sighed, 
back to the stage. 

At nine o'clock that evening we knew 
we had a show again. Better, we strongly 
suspected we could have a brilliant show: It 
was 47 hours before the Friday opening. We 
had a lot of work to do in that time. But we 
could do it. Incredibly, our new Blanche had 
learned the entire role in two days. 

The school sprang to our assistance. 
The dean of studies excused me and my 
actors and crew from classes on Thursday. 
"But be here all the earlier on Friday," he 
smiled. The dean of students offered to 
allow us to postpone for a week if we had 
to. But there would be no postponing. The 
show would go on. On schedule. Teacher 
sand kids I seldom spoke to approached us: 
"We're with you guys," "Anything I can 
do?""Geez, you guys are incredible." 

Thursday we worked the whole day. 
We began at 8 a.m. with scene one and fin- 
ished at 3:05 p.m. We made up for lost tech 
time, taught our new Blanche the precise 
blocking and polished her acting, worked 
furiously to refine the show: 

Dress rehearsal that evening was flaw- 
less. Sparks flew. The energy soared through 
the roof. The entire building seemed to be 
trembling with joy. Blanche was a hero. 
There would be no need to meet on Friday 
afternoon; better to rest. See you all at six 
o'clock call tomorrow. 

I drove home that night with the late 
Stan Rogers's song, "The Mary Ellen 
Carter" in my head. It's about a crew that 
saved its sunken ship after the thing had 
sunk to the bottom of the sea: 

We couldn't leave her there, you see, 

To crumple into scale. 

She'd saved our lives so many times, 

A riding through the gale, 

And the laughing, drunken rats 

That left her to a sorry grave, 

Tliey won't be laughing in another day! 

Streetcar was a good show. The charac- 
terizations stunned and frightened the audi- 
ence. It was hard to imagine that this show 
was three days old, in a sense. 
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continued from page 59 

As director, I could hear still the voices 
of the "old" actors, Stanley, Blanche, Steven, 
Eunice, Pablo, Nurse as they had been that 
first rehearsal in mid-September. But the 
power there in front of us now was the real 
thing, the important thing. We had more 
than finished our marathon. 

A Streetcar Named Desire became for us 
a brutal and wonderful teacher. She shat- 
tered a few of us and coaxed forth the 
weakness in others. But she also summoned 
the hero in each artist up there — adolescent 
and adult — and indeed, the artist in each 
little hero. She had made actors, technicians, 
and directors of us. Streetcar was no high 
school play and for that we thank her. 

Reprinted by permission of Dramatics Magazine, 
November 1986 

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